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Kenneth Branagh has just read Caliban’s speech from The Tempest to introduce a segment apparently showcasing the Industrial Revolution. This is quirky indeed — small, beautifully choreographed vignettes unfolding all over the field.

Israeli Ankie Spitzer, widow of the Israeli Olympic fencing coach Andrei Spitzer killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics, talks to the media during a news conference ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, in London. Relatives of the victims are calling on spectators to stage a silent protest during the opening of the London games, but the International Olympic Committee says the opening ceremony is not an appropriate arena to remember the dead, despite pressure from politicians in the United States, Israel and Germany. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Israeli Ankie Spitzer, widow of the Israeli Olympic fencing coach Andrei Spitzer killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics, talks to the media during a news conference ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, in London. Relatives of the victims are calling on spectators to stage a silent protest during the opening of the London games, but the International Olympic Committee says the opening ceremony is not an appropriate arena to remember the dead, despite pressure from politicians in the United States, Israel and Germany. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

While this unfolds, let me urge you to read Mitch Ginsburg’s extraordinary piece on the 40-year quest for a proper memorial moment for the Munich 11, led by Ankie Spitzer, whose husband Andre, Israel’s fencing coach, was one of those murdered. Two weeks before he was killed, she had given birth to their daughter Anouk. Just a few weeks ago, Anouk was married. The article explains better than anything else we’ve read how the massacre unfolded, and what cynicism the families of the victims have had to endure since.

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