Munich Olympic Terrorist Attacks German Ex-Interior Minister Disputes Torture Claims

Were the victims of the terrorist attacks on the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich tortured? Their relatives claim they were, but the evidence suggests otherwise. Then-German Interior Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher disputes the reports.
Von Einat Keinan und Klaus Wiegrefe
A masked Palestinian terrorist on the balcony of the Israeli athlete quarters at the Olympic Village in Munich in 1972: An explosive report published this week claims terrorists tortured the athletes before killing them.

A masked Palestinian terrorist on the balcony of the Israeli athlete quarters at the Olympic Village in Munich in 1972: An explosive report published this week claims terrorists tortured the athletes before killing them.

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In this archive photo, Ankie Spitzer, the widow of murdered fencing coach André Spitzer, is seen viewing the devastated apartment of the Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympic Village on Sept. 9, 1972.

In this archive photo, Ankie Spitzer, the widow of murdered fencing coach André Spitzer, is seen viewing the devastated apartment of the Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympic Village on Sept. 9, 1972.

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