The 1972 Munich Olympics - remembered almost exclusively for the
devastating terrorist attack on the Israeli team - were intended to
showcase the New Germany and replace lingering memories of the
Third Reich. That hope was all but obliterated in the early hours
of September 5, when gun-wielding Palestinians murdered 11 members
of the Israeli team. In the first cultural and political history of
the Munich Olympics, Kay Schiller and Christopher Young set these
Games into both the context of 1972 and the history of the modern
Olympiad. Delving into newly available documents, Schiller and
Young chronicle the impact of the Munich Games on West German
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