The Games of a century. Olympia 1972, terror and the new Germany

2 December 2021, 19:00
Dr. Roman Deininger and Uwe Ritzer
Forming part of the series "Zur Sache ..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek

[From top to bottom] Dr. Roman Deininger and Uwe Ritzer | © Martin Hangen

[From top to bottom] Dr. Roman Deininger and Uwe Ritzer | © Martin Hangen

Series "Zur Sache ..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek

About the event

Out of the shadows of the NS time, reconstruction accomplished – Germany opens its windows widely in 1972. There is a spirit of optimism and the Olympic Games are intended to show the world the new, laid-back Germany. A celebration of democracy as an alternative concept to the martial propaganda of 1936 in Berlin.

Below the daringly constructed tent-like roof, Mark Spitz, the young high-jump gold medallist Ulrike Meyfarth and the sprinter Heide Rosendahl personify the dream of peaceful togetherness in the midst of the Cold War. But then, Palestinian terrorism cruelly puts an end to all of this.

The award-winning journalists Ritzer and Deininger tell a great story which encompasses almost 100 years and which reaches a culmination point during the two weeks of the Olympic Games.

Moderation: Knut Cordsen (Bayerischer Rundfunk)

In cooperation with the publishing company dtv Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

About the authors

Dr. Roman Deininger, born in 1978, is a political journalist at the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He published a much-noticed history of the Christian Social Union and a biography of Markus Söder together with Uwe Ritzer.

Uwe Ritzer, born in 1965, has made a name for himself with investigative research for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He has been awarded the Guard Prize of the Daily Press, the Henri-Nannen Prize and the Helmut Schmidt Journalist Award for his work.

About the series

"Zur Sache ..." / "To the point ..." – Authors at the Staatsbibliothek, is a series of events jointly organised by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the publishing houses C.H. Beck, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (DVA), Antje Kunstmann, dtv, Piper and Herder, with the kind support of the Sponsors and Friends of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the book trader Lehmkuhl.

Information overview

Date2 December 2021, 19:00
VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek, Fürstensaal, 1st floor
Ludwigstrasse 16, 80539 Munich
Public transportUnderground lines U3/U6, bus lines 58/68/153/154, station/bus stop Universität
Bus lines 100/153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
RegistrationRegistration is required for this event.
Registration form  (in German)
AdmissionAdmission is free.