September marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Israeli Olympic team in Munich. The games that started out in such a colorful and modern way ended in a terrible bloodbath – before the eyes of the world.
Gábor Benzzeborn 1936, a sports enthusiast and television engineer, was on site at the time working and recalls the most moving summer of his life. “Saying that the “studio was almost in front of the building where it all happened. He says that a camera was immediately placed on the roof, filming the famous balcony where the terrorist was. Until someone realized that what they were watching had been fed into cable TV distribution from the Olympic Park. Therefore, “terrorists saw themselves on screen and knew exactly what was known about them”.
The attempt to free the hostages failed miserably. The police were not prepared for such a terrorist operation. Games were interrupted for a short time and then resumed. The witness also adds that: “the whole atmosphere of joy ended abruptly, but the athletes, focused on their competitions. And that on television, they continued to broadcast what was happening.
Victims’ relatives have fought for decades for the Germans to be held accountable and for adequate compensation. Initially, they had ruled out participating in this year’s celebrations. But just days before the 50th anniversary, the federal government and representatives of the families reached an agreement on compensation worth approximately 28 million euros – probably also to pave the way for participation in the celebrations.