The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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During the course of conceiving, researching, and writing this book, we have in-curred many debts and it is a plea sure to acknowledge them here. It is not possi-ble to record the nature of every assistance offered, but it is true to say that everysingle person mentioned in the following list combined the giving of their expert-ise and knowledge with spontaneous acts of generosity and hospitality that added...
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P: Oh, Henry, I was thinking— you know Fischer will be coming in having won thatchess thing sometime. And I want you to see if we can get the other fella to comeK: No, we better not, Mr. President, because Spassky is thinking of defecting and weAs Richard Nixon soon learned in this brief exchange with Henry Kissinger on September — one day after Bobby Fischer’s victory over Boris Spassky in the...
2. Urban, State, and National Capital: Buying, Paying for, and Selling the Games
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Hosting the Olympic Games had been a twinkle in Willi Daume’s eye since theearly s. The German sports functionary had become a devoted member ofthe International Olympic Committee (IOC) in , and two events just fouryears apart must have given him a taste of what it would be like to stage the move-ment’s premier event. In , Munich, the home city of Avery Brundage’s long-...
3. The Legacy of Berlin 1936 and the German Past: Problems and Possibilities
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Munich’s hosting of the Olympics fitted the geopo liti cal pattern of the Interna-tional Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decisions after the Second World War, whichhad gradually ushered the defeated nations back to the heart of the internationalfamily. The first three Games after went to the victors and (semi)neutrals(London , Helsinki , Melbourne ), with three of the following four...
4. Germany on the Drawing Board: Architecture, Design, and Ceremony
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Although singular in scale, Munich was not without pre ce dent as a public relationsexercise of national importance. Well before the bid, the Federal Republic had pre-sented itself with great success at a series of international exhibitions, not least theBrussels Expo of , the first World Fair since the war. Under the title “Progressand Humanity,” the Belgians aimed to sweep aside the aggressive nationalism...
5. After “1968”: 1972 and the Youth of the World
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If the smooth initial handling of Munich’s Olympic project resulted from the con-sensual tone or “deideologization” that characterized West German national pol-itics in the mid- s, its execution in finer detail would be troubled by forces ofan unpredictable nature before the de cade was out. The Mexico Games provedominous. Were it not for the dubious decision of a thick- skinned government...
6. East versus West: German-German Sporting Tensions from Hallstein to Ostpolitik
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Nineteen seventy- two was an extraordinary year for the Federal Republic. Withinmonths it not only staged an outstanding Olympics, but via an agreement withwar time allies over the status of West Berlin and a series of treaties with Moscow,Warsaw, Prague, and East Berlin, succeeded in bringing the spirit of global dé-tente to bear on relations with its Eastern neighbors. Although most difficult to...
7. The End of the Games: Germany, the Middle East, and the Terrorist Attack
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On September terrorism made its first major impact on global tele vi sion.As hooded heads stood sentry with combat rifles on the balcony of the Israeliteam’s accommodation at Connollystraße, the terrorists, “ ‘super- entertainersof our time,’ offer[ed] . . . irresistibly dramatic bait which [the world’s media couldnot] help but swallow.” 1 After almost twenty hours in the studio, ABC sports...
8. Conclusion: Olympic Legacies
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On the penultimate day of the Games, twelve hundred guests— including the In-ternational Olympic Committee (IOC), its outgoing and incoming presidents(Brundage and Killanin), and German politicians Heinemann, Brandt, andGoppel— had been expected at the Lenbachhaus gallery for an eve ning of cham-pagne and sparkling conversation. But the terrorist attack several days before...
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Further Reading, Produciton Notes
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Page Count: 368
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism