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August 29, 2012 8:37 am

German Police Blasted in Newly Released Munich Massacre Documents

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an iconic image showing one of the hostage takers during the event known as the Munich Massacre, during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Photo: AP.

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.

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  • tandee

    It is irresponsible to automatically characterize violence with schizophrenia. Many so diagnosed live sad lonely lives due to the unwarranted fears engendered towards them because of such statements.

  • ”To be quite honest what I have seen and read on this incident, the German police were inexperienced in handling these type of situations, having never experienced this before. This can also be said of the Italian Carabinieri, with the incident involving the ”Brigatta Rosso” in the Aldo Moro affair”.This type of urban terrorism was basically unknown at this time , as well as ”Airline Hijackings”. The police forces around the world had to adjust quickly thereafter to this new type of threat”.