Chancellor of Peace: Willy Brandt between War and Terror

Non-Fiction, History, Biographies / Memoirs, Politics / Economics

The Middle Eastern politics of the Brandt era and their consequences



Even today, Willy Brandt’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize and the aura attached to his Ostpolitik cast a long shadow. His kneeling in Warsaw is legendary. However, the West German to the Middle East approach was less successful. The federal government at the time made major mistakes and took great risks. This book presents a history of this period based on documents that have only recently become accessible.



The main events focused on include among other things the murder of the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s efforts to win Willy Brandt over for peace mediation efforts. Aided by established experts, Wolffsohn presents an analysis of the years 1972 and 1973.

Michael Wolffsohn

Micheal Wolffsohn was born in Tel Aviv to German-Jewish parents who fled to Palestine in 1939. His family returned to Germany in 1954, and Wolffsohn was Professor of Contemporary History at the Munich Bundeswehruniversität from 1981 until 2012.

Chancellor of Peace: Willy Brandt between War and Terror

The Middle Eastern politics of the Brandt era and their consequences



Even today, Willy Brandt’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize and the aura attached to his Ostpolitik cast a long shadow. His kneeling in Warsaw is legendary. However, the West German to the Middle East approach was less successful. The federal government at the time made major mistakes and took great risks. This book presents a history of this period based on documents that have only recently become accessible.



The main events focused on include among other things the murder of the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s efforts to win Willy Brandt over for peace mediation efforts. Aided by established experts, Wolffsohn presents an analysis of the years 1972 and 1973.

Bibliographic Data
176 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-28992-4
First published 2018