Athletes Killed in Munich

Athletes Killed in Munich

On September 6, 1972, violence rocks the Munich Olympic Games when Palestinian terrorists attack the Israeli compound in the Olympic village, killing two team members and kidnapping nine. In exchange for the athletes’ lives, the Palestinians demanded safe passage and the release of some 200 imprisoned Arab and German terrorists. The next night–September 7–West German authorities conveyed the terrorists and their hostages to the airport. There, German sharpshooters opened fire in a desperate rescue attempt. In the ensuing fire-fight, the Palestinians killed five Israeli athletes with a grenade and gunned down the other four. Five of the Palestinians and one German were also killed. After a day of mourning, the Munich Games resumed.