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Film about the German-German Olympic Team in Tokyo (1964)

On Thursday, 7.7.2022, 12-14 h, Campus Gym/Room 5, sports historian Dr René Wiese from the Centre for German Sports History (ZDS) and filmmaker Thomas Grimm will present their documentary film "The Cold Rings". In a peak phase of the Cold War and 19 years after the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Tokyo Olympics (1964) were to become a symbol for a peaceful world. Particularly the divided Germany was to prove this: The Federal Republic and the GDR had to compete with a joint team despite opposing social systems. Afterwards, Olympic sport in both German states went their separate ways for 28 years.
Following the film, René Wiese and Thomas Grimm will discuss the (sports) political situation at the time and the atmosphere between athletes from East and West together with Jürgen May, who took part in the 1964 Games as an athlete from the GDR.

All interested parties are cordially invited. Please register via Dr. Kai Reinhart.