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NCJ Number: 63349 Find in a Library
Title: BLOOD OF ISRAEL - THE MASSACRE OF THE ISRAELI ATHLETES THE OLYMPICS, 1972
Author(s): S GROUSSARD
Corporate Author: William Morrow and Co, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 475
Sponsoring Agency: William Morrow and Co, Inc
New York, NY 10019
Sale Source: William Morrow and Co, Inc
1350 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE MASSACRE OF THE ISRAELI ATHLETES AT THE MUNICH OLYMPIC GAMES IN 1972 IS RETOLD IN THIS ACCOUNT OF THE 2 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER WHEN BLACK SEPTEMBER TERRORISTS HELD 11 ISRAELI ATHLETES HOSTAGE.
Abstract: A FRENCH REPORTER RECORDS WITH ENORMOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL THE MINUTE-BY-MINUTE DETAILS OF THOSE 20 HOURS, BEGINNING WITH THE EARLY MORNING OCCUPATION OF THE ISRAELI QUARTERS IN THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE TO THE HOLOCAUST AT FURSTENFELDBRUCK AIRPORT WHEN THE TERRORISTS KILLED THE HOSTAGES. THE DRAMA UNFOLDS AS THE AUTHOR DESCRIBES THE STOICISM OF CAPTURED ATHLETES, THE MEMORIES OF THEIR LAST MOMENTS, AND GLIMPSES INTO THEIR PERSONAL LIVES. THE FEROCITY OF THE ARAB TERRORISTS IS REFLECTED IN THEIR CONVERSATIONS WITH GERMAN NEGOTIATORS, INTERSPERSED WITH REFLECTIONS OF THE ARAB-ISRAELI WARS, PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE METHODS, AND SKETCHES OF THE TERRORISTS' PERSONAL HISTORIES. GERMAN AND OLYMPIC OFFICIALS, ARAB LEADERS, AND JEWISH OFFICIALS ARE SIMILARLY PROFILED WHILE IN THE BACKGROUND, A WORLDWIDE TELEVISION AUDIENCE WATCHES. THE ISRAELI POLICY OF NONNEGOTIATION WITH TERRORISTS COUPLED WITH GERMAN INEXPERIENCE IN HANDLING HOSTAGE SITUATIONS PLAYED A MAJOR PART IN THE TRAGIC ENDING TO THE MUNICH GAMES WHOSE PARTICIPANTS CONDUCTED A MOURNING SERVICE FOR THE SLAIN ATHLETES. THE INTRUSION OF POLITICS INTO THIS WORLDWIDE SPORTING EVENT IS DISCUSSED, AS IS THE STAIN ON WEST GERMANY'S POST-WORLD WAR II IMAGE AND THIS FURTHER DAMPENED ISRAELI-ARAB RELATIONS. SOME FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED. (WJR)
Index Term(s): Arab terrorist groups; Crisis management; Germany; Hostage negotiations; Hostages; Israel; Political influences; Political offenders; Politically motivated violent crimes; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Terrorist profiles
Note: TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY HAROLD J SALEMON
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