Kay Schiller and Christopher Young

in The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262133
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947580 | DOI:

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This chapter seeks to draw conclusions about the Germans, their Games, and their changing relationship to triumph and tragedy. It discusses the impact of the terrorist attack on the participants and the organizers of the Olympics, as well as other aspects of the Games. It explains that the Olympic idea has turned out to promote a new aim—to make better cities, to give cities subways and finer installations. It evaluates Munich's long-term gains after the Olympics. It explains that the terrorist attack undoubtedly influenced the West German's view of their Olympics. It adds that in the immediate aftermath, surrogate victimhood and sympathy with Israel played into a much enhanced appreciation of the Games but mutated quickly into reprisals and policy change against foreign workers, and into the following year, it was this and a dislike of Palestinians that continued.

Keywords: Germany; Munich Games; Olympics; West Germany; Palestinians; terrorist attack; Israel

Chapter.  9072 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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