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September 5, 1972

Discussion in '"Today in History", Literature & Media Review' started by Martin Antonenko, Sep 5, 2022.

  1. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    The Olympia Assassination!

    On September 5, 1972, Palestinian terrorists took eleven Israeli athletes hostage at the Munich Olympics. The attempt by the German authorities to free him is a bloody failure.

    At 4:10 a.m. on September 5, 1972, eight members of the Palestinian organization Black September climbed over the fence into the Olympic Village in Munich. They wear tracksuits and sports bags containing eight submachine guns, each with 62 rounds of ammunition, and ten hand grenades.

    They break into the building at Connollystrasse 31 via the unlocked main entrance and overwhelm the Israeli athletes and supervisors there. The wrestling trainer Mosche Weinberg and the weightlifter Josef Romano are murdered while trying to defend themselves.


    At 5:03 a.m., the police received a report that shooting was going on in the Olympic Village. A little later, the assassins handed over a written statement in which they demanded the release of 200 named prisoners from Israeli prisons.


    They threaten to shoot all the hostages. The Israeli ambassador stated that under no circumstances would the detainees be released.

    Lengthy negotiations with the terrorists follow - here the then German Interior Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher with the leader of the terrorists...:


    Although the Germans have not the slightest experience with hostage-taking by terrorists who are determined to do anything, they reject - national arrogance - help from foreign states - including an offer from the experienced Israelis!

    At 4:35 p.m., police officers - dressed as athletes - take up positions on the roofs of the Olympic village. But the action fails - because one simply forgot to cordon off the area beforehand.

    Numerous camera teams present broadcast the approach of the storm troop all over the world. The terrorists are also following the preparations for the liberation of the hostages live on TV.


    Shortly thereafter, at 5 p.m., the terrorists demanded to be flown out with their hostages for the first time. They want to go to Cairo. Around 10 p.m., the hostage-takers actually lead their hostages to a bus provided in front of the entrance of the house, which takes them to a helipad nearby...:


    From there, hostages and assassins are flown to the Fürstenfeldbruck military airport near Munich, where a prepared aircraft is waiting for them.

    At the same time, however, the Germans decide: The hostage-taking will definitely end in Germany!

    The situation then escalated at Fürstenfeldbruck Airport: the police officers originally planned for the liberation - disguised as air and ground personnel - refuse to carry out the action.

    That's because the planners of the action assumed that there were six terrorists. The message that there are actually eight armed people "gets stuck" somewhere - and only reaches the local police at the last minute!

    But they only have six snipers on site, so they can't eliminate all terrorists at the same time.

    After two of the terrorists, contrary to what was requested, found no crew when inspecting the Boeing 727 that had been made available for them in Fürstenfeldbruck, they returned to the helicopters. Now - for whatever reason - the commander gives the order to shoot.

    The terrorists return fire. Two assassin and several hostages are killed. A terrorist is shot trying to throw a hand grenade. The grenade explodes beneath him. At 12:05 am, an assassin threw himself into one of the helicopters - and the last hostage still alive died of smoke inhalation. The shooting ended at 12:20 a.m.

    Among the dead is a German police officer who was shot in the head during the wild shootout - whether it was fired by a German or a Palestinian weapon is still a matter of debate to this day.





    Unter denA commemorative plaque hangs in front of what was then the quarters of the Israeli Olympic team in the former Olympic Village...:


    The Olympic assassination has a secret aftermath:
    Immediately afterwards, the Mossad special unit “Caesarea” was founded in Israel.

    Their mission: revenge!

    The most decorated soldier in the country, the later Prime Minister of Israel (from 1999 to 2001), Ehud Barak, is appointed commander...:


    The state killers are given the task of killing as many of the assassins and their backers as possible.

    The "Caesarea" unit subsequently killed more than 20 so-called "targets" (presumed to be responsible for the assassination), although it is disputed to what extent they were actually responsible for the Olympic assassination.

    "Caesarea" allegedly carried out executions in the 1990s and only officially stopped them in 1994 with the signing of the first Oslo Accords.
  2. Nap A Fixture

    Terrible event , remember watching on TV .......very fighting and desparate men ....Israel will never mess about in these incidents

  3. gazer Active Member

    Here you can see a picture of Ehud Barak, disguised as a technician, during a successful commando operation to release passengers from a hijacked Sabena airliner in May 1972, while serving as an officer in the elite unit "Sayeret Matcal". It is interesting to note, that in that operation, under Barak's command served another future, and more controversial, Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The two later became bitter political rivals. Behind Barak you can see, also disguised as a technician, Danny Yatom, later also a general, head of the Mossad, and a Knesset member :

    And Nap, if a bust of Barak is ever made, it would not be a challenge for you: In Israel, the most decorated soldier, is less decorated than an average soldiers in many other countries...:)
    Martin Antonenko and Nap like this.
  4. Martin64 A Fixture

    Although this allegation against the German government is in line with our current narrative about the terrorist action at Munich it is not correct:
    German law puts the sole power to execute force upon the German government (that means Army and Police). The Police Force with exclusive responsibility for operations inside Germany has to abide German law when going into action. That was far from guarateed if the Israeli Special Forces would have carried out their - without doubt more professional - operation.

    National arrogance was and is not a problem of the "new Germany" - it is IMHO more about not sacrificing all dignity and self respect to every kind of allegation.
    Cheers, Martin

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