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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Remembering The 1972 Olympic Massacre

A Sept. 5, 1972 file photo shows a member of the Palestinian terrorist group who seized members of the Israeli Olympic team at their quarters at the Munich Olympic Village as the person appears with a hood over his face on the balcony of the village building where the hostages were held. (AP)

A member of the Palestinian terrorist group that seized members of the Israeli Olympic team appears with a hood over his face on the balcony of the building where the hostages were held, Sept. 5, 1972. (AP)

As the International Olympic Committee meets to decide whether Tokyo, Istanbul or Madrid will host the 2020 summer Olympics, we look back to a terrible moment in Olympic history.

On September 5, 1972, Palestinian terrorists stormed into the apartment where 11 Israeli athletes were staying in Munich.

Two men were killed and the other nine were taken hostage. By the time the crisis ended, all of them were dead.

American marathon runner Kenny Moore and his roommate Frank Shorter were staying in a nearby apartment.

Moore recalls the events that day in an oral history that also features the words of Jim McKay, who covered the crisis for ABC.


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