An account of the 1972 olympics games munich massacre in germany

Munich massacre The Games were largely overshadowed by what has come to be known as the "Munich massacre". In later interviews with journalists Serge Groussard and Aaron J. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Jamal Al-Gashey had been shot through his right wrist, [32] and Mohammed Safady had sustained a flesh wound to his leg. They definitely deserved to die. We acted against those who thought that they would continue to perpetrate acts of terror.

After the initial fusillade, in which the terrorists also shot out the floodlights that had been illuminating the tarmac, the scene settled into a tense stalemate punctuated by sporadic gunfire.

Although arrested and imprisoned pending trial, they were released by the West German government on October 29,in exchange for a hijacked Lufthansa jet. The swimming competition starred American Mark Spitzwho won seven gold medals three in relaysthe most by any athlete in one Olympics to that time.

Al-Gashey was allegedly located after making contact with a cousin in a Gulf Stateand Safady was found by remaining in touch with family in Lebanon. Some friends came up to me and tried to kiss me and hug me as if I was almost a ghost that came back alive.

The families of some victims have asked the IOC to establish a permanent memorial to the athletes. We went back to the old biblical rule of an eye for an eye The massacre led the German federal government to re-examine its anti-terrorism policies, which at the time were dominated by a pacifist approach adopted after World War II.

This left only the five sharpshooters to try to overpower a larger and more heavily armed group. Highlights All other details of the Munich Games pale in significance, but it did have its highlights. At the victory ceremony, Wottle forgot to remove his golf cap. It was then that I really grasped what had happened and the emotion hit me.

Their plan was to crawl down from the ventilation shafts and kill the terrorists.

Munich massacre

The attacker then pulled the pin on a hand grenade and tossed it into the cockpit; the ensuing explosion destroyed the helicopter and incinerated the bound Israelis inside. The Tragedy Unfolds Television satellite technology allowed an estimated one billion people around the world to watch as tragedy unfolded at the Munich Olympics in For the families of the victims and for citizen around the world who watch in hope for the best, the truth was soon revealed.

The Games continued until mounting pressure on the IOC forced a suspension some 12 hours after the first athlete had been murdered. Thus the terrorists were immediately alerted of the dangerous presence, and they decided to use a bus instead of walking. Official Reports arrow Terrorist attack On 5 September, eight Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village, killing two members of the Israeli team and taking nine hostages.

When Spitzer attempted to answer a question, he was clubbed with the butt of an AK in full view of international television cameras and pulled away from the window.

A second terrorist sprayed the interior of the other helicopter with bullets at close range, murdering the five remaining Israelis.

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The West German authorities apparently assured Lalkin that extra security would be provided to look after the Israeli team, but Lalkin doubts that any additional measures were ever taken.

Archery returned to the Games for the first time sincewith events for both men and women. As they ran past the control tower, Sniper 3 took one last opportunity to eliminate "Issa", which would have left the group leaderless.

This costly lesson led directly to the founding, less than two months later, of police counter-terrorism branch GSG 9. Ten Arab nations objected to their flags being lowered to honor murdered Israelis; their flags were restored to the tops of their flagpoles almost immediately.

Memorable champions US swimmer Mark Spitz won an incredible seven gold medals and broke seven world records. One positive step taken by West Germany in the wake of the events in Munich was the formation of a specialized counterterrorism unit with nationwide jurisdiction.Relive the moments that went down in history from the Munich Summer Olympics.

Access official videos, results, sport and athlete records. Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, and Federal Republic of Germany.

the official report of the Organizing Committtee for the Games of the XXth Olympiad Munich ” was. Tragedy in Munich Many refer to the tragic events of the Olympics as the Munich Massacre.

The events, as described below, were violent and may not be suitable reading for everyone. The Munich massacre was an attack during the Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police mi-centre.comon: Munich, West Germany.

The Summer Olympics (German: Olympische Sommerspiele ), officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Munich, West Germany, from August 26 to September 11, The sporting nature of the event was largely overshadowed by the Munich massacre in the second week, in which eleven Israeli athletes and coaches and a West German police Events: in 21 sports.

Sep 04,  · The Munich massacre was an attack during the Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, on eleven Israeli Olympic team members, who were taken.

During the Summer Olympics at Munich, in the early morning of September 5, a group of Palestinian terrorists storms the Olympic Village apartment of the Israeli athletes, killing two and.

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