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Munich: 1972 OLYMPICS Terrorist Attack

Munich: 1972 OLYMPICS Terrorist Attack

On September 5, 1972 a little before 5:00 A.M. a small terrorist group snuck into the Munich Olympics camp and went to 31st Connolly St. where the Israeli Olympic team was stationed. These were all members of The Black September Group.

After the got up and over the fence and to the building where the Israeli team was held they tried to enter but a Referee named Joseph Gohereund held the door shut for a few seconds allowing one team member to escape. They proceeded to enter the building and took 5 hostages originally. One athlete by the name of Mosh Weinberg struggled with the terrorists wounding one and was shot down afterwards and there were 2 trying to escape thru a window when one was shot down. They captured 4 more Israeli team members but didn’t catch the whole team. 2 athletes who escaped went and got the local officials and soon had the building surrounded. By 9:30 the terrorists had made their demands which were that 232 Arab prisoners be released from and Israeli prison, and the release of 2 German prisoners named Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof. These deadlines were to be met at noon or 2 hostages would be shot, but Golda Meir, the Israeli Prime Minister, refused these terms. They then wanted to send in trained commandos to try and overtake the terrorists but even though the West German Federal government agreed the local Munich authorities refused to let the commandos in because it was under their jurisdiction. Schreiber (a negotiator) had the deadline moved to 1:00 P.M. then to 3:00 P.M. and finally 5:00 P.M. The West German offered unlimited ransom money but the terrorists refused. Schreiber’s main idea was not to storm the building but to get the terrorists out in the open so that the snipers could get clear shots at the terrorists. They offered a plane out of the country, the terrorist accepted and a helipad was set up and a Lufthansa 737 set up at Furstenfeidbruck which was a military base. At eight o’clock a bus pulled up and a trap was suspected so the terrorists asked for another that took till 10:00 P.M. The terrorists lined up the hostages in such a way that the sharpshooters couldn’t get a...

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