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1972 Munich Olympic Massacre This edition of Time Magazine chronicled the worst incident in the history of the Olympic Games. On September 5, 1972 a radical terrorist group, Black September, got through ridiculously lax security at the athletes' village in Munich, West Germany simply by wearing track suits and acting like they belonged there. At 4:30 a.m. they took a group of 11 Israeli athletes, coaches, and officials hostage. Two Israelis were killed almost instantly for resisting. The other nine died at the airport where special German anti-terror police got into a gun battle with the terrorists. (One German policeman was killed too.) Up to that time, the 1972 Summer Olympics had been a splendid, friendly affair. The 'openness' of the Games and limited security was deliberate. The West German organizers wanted to erase the memories of the 'Nazified' 1936 Berlin Olympics. Since that awful day, Olympic Games security has become much more efficient and hugely expensive.
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Added: 15th August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-08-15 
The 1972 Summer Olympics were the first Olympics I remember watching. As an eight-year-old I could not fathom why bad people had ruined the Olympics by killing athletes. To this day I still don't understand why radical groups think such barbaic acts will win them sympathy.
Posted by: donmac101 on 2008-08-15 
Totally agree with you Lava. Whether the act results in death or having to change the way we live to accommodate these radical elements will never gain sympathy, it'll only result in our revulsion and any attempt from them to put over an even valid point will fall upon deaf ears.
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