Munich 1972: Divided Remembrance? The Terrorist Attack on the Israeli Olympic Team in the German and Israeli Cultures of Remembrance
While the attack quickly gained an important place in Israel’s culture of remembrance, Germany has only developed a self-critical form of publicly remembering the victims quite recently. The public panel discussion is part of the first conference of the research project to examine and reappraise the attack on the Israeli Olympic team, which will take place in Munich from 5 to 7 September 2023. Initiated by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI), the project is being conducted by an international commission of historians and the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ). Its mission is to investigate unresolved issues as well as the background and aftermath of the attack.
DR ROMAN DEININGER is chief reporter at Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). In 2021, together with Uwe Ritzer, he published the book “Die Spiele des Jahrhunderts. Olympia 1972, der Terror und das neue Deutschland” (The Games of the Century: The 1972 Olympic Games, Terror and the New Germany).
PROF. DR KAY SCHILLER is a professor of modern European history at Durham University in Northern England. In 2010, together with Christopher Young, he published the book “The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany”.
PROF. DR SHLOMO SHPIRO is a professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv and member of the international commission of historians to reappraise the attack on the Israeli Olympic team.
PROF. DR PETRA TERHOEVEN is a professor of European culture and contemporary history at Georg-August University of Göttingen and member of the international commission of historians to reappraise the attack on the Israeli Olympic team.
PD DR EVA OBERLOSKAMP works at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ). Currently, she is the academic manager of the IfZ research unit to reappraise the terrorist attack on the Israeli athletes.
PROF. DR MARKUS SCHWAIGER
President of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
DR LUDWIG SPAENLE
Bavarian State Government Commissioner for Jewish Life and against Antisemitism, for Remembrance and Historical Heritage
Consul General of the state of Israel in Munich
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community
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