Essay On The Munich Massacre

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The Munich massacre occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, where members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually murdered by Black September, a Palestinian terrorist organisation. By the end of the agonising ordeal, 11 Israeli athletes and coaches had been killed, and one German police officer. Consequently, the “Operation Wrath of God” was carried out in order to assassinate the individuals involved in the massacre, in which five of the eight members of the terrorist group were killed. The remaining three members were captured, and later released by West Germany after the hijacking by Black September of a Lufthansa airliner. The aftermath of the terrorist attack consisted of several short and long term impacts, including the effects on the Olympic Games, the world’s view on security and the victims’ families.

For the first time in the history of modern Olympics, the games were suspended in the wake of the terrorist attack. The Munich massacre had a significant impact on the Olympic Games. After the murder of the 11 members of the Israeli team, a memorial service was held in the Olympic Stadium, in which there was an attendance of 80,000 spectators and 3000 athletes. Following the massacre, there was great argumentation on whether the games should continue or not. It was also believed that the cancellation of the games would have encouraged repeated acts of terrorism. Players feared they were at risk, while people also believed
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