1972
Munich/Heidelberg
Germany

The 20th modern Summer Games were the largest to date at the time, but were overshadowed by terrorist attacks by the Black September Group who held hostage and killed the team representing Israel. The Games were paused then resumed, to honour those who lost their lives and to continue the spirit of the Olympic movement.

The National Archives’ collections range from records on financial arrangements and participation in the Games, to coverage of the terrorist attacks on athletes representing Israel.

8 records available

  • Sport: choice of Munich for 1972 Olympic Games and problems of the two Germanies.
    FO 371 /189305
    Sport: choice of Munich for 1972 Olympic Games and problems of the two Germanies. FO 371 /189305Preview
  • Cabinet minutes: Olympic Games 1972 (Rhodesian presence).
    CAB 128/50/38
    Cabinet minutes: Olympic Games 1972 (Rhodesian presence). CAB 128/50/38Preview
  • Opposition leaders unable to attend Games because of lack of financial arrangements.
    PREM 15/1222
    Opposition leaders unable to attend Games because of lack of financial arrangements. PREM 15/1222Preview
  • Grants for sport: Government financial assistance for pre-Olympic training.
    T 227/3344
    Grants for sport: Government financial assistance for pre-Olympic training. T 227/3344Preview
  • Publicity for Olympic Games and supply of documentary films for culture.
    FCO 26/665
    Publicity for Olympic Games and supply of documentary films for culture. FCO 26/665Preview
  • Participation of Rhodesia in Paraplegic Games: invitations to Ambassador's...
    FCO 36/1295
    Participation of Rhodesia in Paraplegic Games: invitations to Ambassador's... FCO 36/1295Preview
  • Attack by terrorists (Black September) on Israeli Olympic team.
    FCO 17/1740/1
    Attack by terrorists (Black September) on Israeli Olympic team.FCO 17/1740/1 Preview
  • Attack by terrorists (Black September) on Israeli Olympic team: Tunisian involvement.
    FCO 17/1741/2
    Attack by terrorists (Black September) on Israeli Olympic team: Tunisian involvement. FCO 17/1741/2 Preview

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