September 5, 1972: Israeli Athletes Murdered At Munich Summer Olympics

The 11 teammates were taken hostage, along with a German police officer, by eight masked terrorists. 

By Gina Tron

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On September 5, 1972 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Summer Olympics by terrorists. The incident became known as the “Munich Massacre.” The 11 teammates were taken hostage, along with a German police officer, by eight masked men. The men were militants, part of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September. German neo-Nazis reportedly helped them out in their mission. During the hostage situation, the perpetrators demanded that 234 prisoners jailed in Israel be released. After a 20-hour standoff, the athletes and the police officer were killed. Five of the eight terrorists were dead and the other three gunmen were captured. The International Olympic Committee did not officially honor the 11 Israelis killed until 2016.

Pictured above: A member of the International Olympic Committee (bottom right) speaks with a masked terrorist who invaded the Olympic Village.

[Photo: Getty Images]

 

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