Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Munich Olympic Stadium

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This is the site of the Olympic Stadium in 1972, in his time was the revolutionary and futuristic design. The stadium is also a silent witness of the murder of eleven Israeli athletes. Steven Spielberg's film titled 'Munich' is based on this terrible incident.
 
 
the eve of the release of Steven Spielberg's film Munich, the BBC gains exclusive access to the undercover Mossad agents assigned to track down the Palestinian group responsible for the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. 



On 5 September 1972, in the middle of the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, a group of Palestinians associated with the Black September organisation entered the Olympic village and took 11 Israeli athletes hostage.
They demanded the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons.
One Israeli was killed early in the morning, a second one was murdered during the negotiations, and in the evening it was agreed that the Palestinians and their hostages would travel to a nearby military airport where they would board helicopters and leave Germany.
The German police initiated a rescue operation which ended bitterly: nine Israeli athletes died.
Three of the hostage-takers escaped but were captured later hiding in another part of the airport.
Within days of the massacre, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir secretly ordered Mossad to hunt down and assassinate all those responsible for planning and carrying out the Munich killings.
Meir headed the "X Committee", responsible for approving dozens of operations targeting suspects across Europe and the Middle East.  









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