Munich '72 and Beyond | ‘Munich 72 and Beyond’ chronicles aftermath
The Munich Memorial dedicated to the 1972 Olympic Tragedy suggests that memory is a critical & contemporary action capable of far more hope than grief.
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‘Munich 72 and Beyond’ chronicles aftermath

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Originally published at Japan Times.

Written by Ed Odeven (@ed_odeven)


“Forty-three years ago this month, the Munich Massacre shocked the world.

It was “the very first time that a terror attack was reported and broadcast, in real time, across the globe,” reported in an August 2013 retrospective.

During the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics, 17 people died in connection with the massacre: 11 Israeli athletes, coaches and officials, a West German policeman and five members of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September.

The crisis began around 4 a.m. on Sept. 5, when eight Black September gunmen, armed with AK-47s, grenades and other weapons, stormed into the Olympic village and began taking hostages.

Wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg was the first Israeli hostage to be shot and killed. Within 36 hours, 10 other Israelis lost their lives in the massacre: Weightlifters Yossef Romano, Ze’ev Friedman and David Berger; wrestlers Mark Slavin and Eliezer Halfin; weightlifting coach Yakov Springer; wrestling judge Yossef Gutfreund; shooting coach Kehat Shorr; fencing coach Andre Spitzer; and track coach Amitzur Shapira. Police officer Anton Fliegerbauer was also killed. (At Munich’s Olympic Stadium, there was a Sept. 6 memorial service attended by 80,000 spectators and a reported 3,000 Olympic athletes.)

But for the Munich Massacre’s Israeli victims, surviving family members spent four decades pushing German governments and IOC officials for some type of official memorial or remembrance. It never came under past IOC presidents, including Juan Antonio Samaranch, and his successor, Jacques Rogge.”

Read the entire news story at Japan Times.