Munich police ignored important information about the Olympic attack - politics

One of the Palestinians who carried out the attack in Munich in 1972 is said to have been in West Berlin 13 years later. The German security authorities knew about it, but the responsible police ignored the information.


Roman Deininger and Uwe RitzerMunich

The police file 1389 is about five centimeters thick, a bundle of typed notes, transcripts of interrogations, telexes and photos. It is closed to the public until May 22, 2040. Why until this day? The most likely explanation is: May 22, 2040 would be the 90th birthday of one of the three Palestinian terrorists who survived their murderous attack on the Israeli team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. And the Archives Act protects the personal rights of people who are still alive until they turn ninety.

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