Munich '72 and Beyond | Opening Of Munich Massacre Memorial In Germany Is A Challenge For The IOC
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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Opening Of Munich Massacre Memorial In Germany Is A Challenge For The IOC

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Published on September 5, 2017

Written by: Lee Igel

A permanent memorial to the “Munich Massacre” is opening this week at the site of the 1972 Olympic Games. Now that German government officials have put forth a clear-cut tribute to the 11 members of the Israeli Olympic delegation who were murdered by terrorists during the Games, it is time for the International Olympic Committee to do the same.

The opening of the memorial in Munich comes 45 years to the day when members of the Black September group slipped their way into the Olympic Village and laid siege on apartments that housed the Israeli squad. There, they took the Olympians from Israel hostage. Hours later, ABC Sports broadcaster Jim McKay, who was anchoring live coverage of the events, informed the hostages’ families and the world that “our worst fears have been realized tonight. … They’re all gone.”

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