German Police Blasted in Newly Released Munich Massacre Documents
The Israeli State Archives has released 45 documents pertaining to the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre of 11 Israeli team members by Palestinian terrorists to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the killings in early September.
“If there is any tangible manifestation of schizophrenia, it was that night,” then-Prime Minister Golda Meir described the events of Sept. 5, 1972 in the released documents.
The documents chronicle the Munich massacre and its immediate aftermath through foreign ministry cables, minutes of cabinet meetings, minutes of meetings of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee from the period, and official correspondence between Israeli and German officials, according to theJerusalem Post.
Additionally, the documents highlight tensions between Israel and Germany, including Mossad director Zvi Zamir’s criticism of the German police due to a failed rescue attempt.