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Herzog thanks Germany for ‘taking responsibility’ for failures in 1972 Munich massacre

President Isaac Herzog speaks at a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, at the Fuerstenfeldbruck Air Base, southern Germany, on September 5, 2022. (Thomas KIENZLE / AFP)
President Isaac Herzog speaks at a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, at the Fuerstenfeldbruck Air Base, southern Germany, on September 5, 2022. (Thomas KIENZLE / AFP)

President Isaac Herzog thanks the German government for its decision to take responsibility for its failures in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre.

Herzog addresses a ceremony at the Fuerstenfeldbruck Air Base in southern Germany marking 50 years since the 1972 massacre, which killed 11 Israelis and a German police officer.

The president says that “as a nation and as a people, this massacre was a national tragedy,” recalling hearing about the events unfolding as a young child.

“The world cannot forget what happened at the 1972 Munich Olympics,” says Herzog. “The world cannot forget the fight against terror anywhere and anytime, it must be a joint effort.”

Herzog thanks German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for his personal involvement in the recent German government decision “to take responsibility” for its failures in the 1972 incident and to compensate the remaining family members of the 11 victims.

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