In retrospect: Munich 1972, when the Olympic world fell, live, into terror

Inside the same building, the hostage takers, on the contrary, are overtrained. They will nevertheless postpone their ultimatum. First at noon. Then at 1 p.m. Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Ministertalks on the phone with Willy Brandt, the German Chancellor. For her, the thing is clear: we will not negotiate anything with the terrorists. Golda Meir will be adamant.

Live on television, viewers can witness moments that are, to say the least…paradoxical. On the one hand, we see the maneuvers against the building held by the Palestinian fighters; on the other, sports competitions, such as canoeing or horse riding, which continue as if nothing had happened. They will only be suspended by the IOC at 4 p.m.

The images of attempted assaults by the security forces are also followed assiduously, liveā€¦ by the Fedayeen, who can therefore ward off ongoing police operations.

Negotiations will continue throughout the day. On the German side, hostage takers are offered an unlimited amount of money. On the Fedayin side, they ask rather that a plane take them and the hostages to Cairo. The 236 Arab prisoners held by Israel will have to be transported to this place. The German Minister of the Interior promises them this. The latter will also obtain permission to enter the building to verify that the hostages are still alive.

The press, it, remains suspended with the movements coming from the windows of the kidnappers. The wait seems endless.

Around 7 p.m., the situation will unblock.

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