September 5 1972 marked the second week of the Summer Olympic Games, taking place in Munich, Germany. A world audience had tuned into the first international broadcast of the games, a pivotal moment in Olympic history.
It’s very early in the morning when eight members of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Black September faction scale the two-metre fence into the Olympic Village, with assault rifles, pistols, and grenades in-tow. So began the first act of televised modern terrorism, as eleven Israeli Olympic team members are taken hostage, and tragically, after several failed rescue attempts, were executed.
Close to 43 years have passed since the horrific events in Munich transpired yet, the courage and sacrifice of the Israeli Olympians have not been appropriately recognized – until now. In 2014, the German States Ministry for Education, Science and Culture, with the support of the International Olympic Committee and the Foundation for Global Sports Development, initiated the Munich Memorial Project, in tribute to the fallen Israeli Olympic Team, their relatives, and the Israeli team mates that survived. The unique memorial will be strategically placed between the Olympic Village and Olympic Stadium in Munich, with a significant focus given to the biographies of each victim. The memorial will visualize and promote a deeper understanding of the events that transpired on September 5th and 6th of 1972.