Germany and Israel mark Munich massacre in ceremonies

From the BBC

German ministers have joined Israeli survivors of the Munich Olympics massacre at an air base near the city to mark 40 years since the event.

The audience at Fuerstenfeldbruck heard Christian and Jewish prayers, spoken against a backdrop of the faces of the victims, 11 Israelis and one German.

Wreaths were laid earlier inside the Olympic Village where Palestinian gunmen seized the athletes.

Most of the Israelis were killed by their captors at the airport.

Israeli fencer Dan Alon, who was part of the 1972 team, said he hoped such an attack could never happen again.

A petition by widows of the victims to remember the dead with a minute’s silence at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on 27 July was rejected by Jacques Rogge, head of the International Olympic Committee.

Instead, a minute’s silence was observed at a ceremony headed by Mr Rogge inside London’s Olympic Village.


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