The year is 1972 and people are ready for the summer Olympics. Unfortunately for the eager sports spectators the 1972 Munich Olympics have a much more tragic story line. People don’t talk about any records broken or international competitiveness, instead people remember the Munich Games because of the hostage situation. A Palestinian formed group called the Black September terrorist captured nine Israeli Olympic athletes. Jim McKay one of the Olympic sportscasters at the games says, “The Munich tragedy was the biggest event in my career and the most terrible.” Truly Munich’s is tarnishing the Olympic Games. Even today the impact and repercussions of the game can be felt not only with the heightened security protocol but a lasting social impact as well. Germany a country forever plagued by the Nazis and their leader Adolf Hitler. Before World War Two Hitler's Germany hosted the Olympic Games in the capital of Berlin. Hitler found the games as a perfect way to show the world that Aryans or white non-Jewish people are superior to all others. Fortunately Jesse Owens an African American athlete proved Hitler's were illogical, because of his performance at the Berlin Olympics’ Owens took home four gold medals. Soon after the Olympics in Berlin Hitler's craving of power started World War Two. The Nazis marched through much of Europe trashing any country in its wake. The Jewish people felt Hitler's wrath the most though. Over the course of World War Two the Nazis killed six million Jewish men, women, and children; in addition to the death toll Hitler and the Nazis managed to corrupt the world view of the German people. After the Allies triumphant victory and Hitler's suicide Germany is split into two sections: a communist Russian ruled E... ... middle of paper ... ...want revenge. I just want the truth" (). Truth is exactly what Spitzer received the court case ended in a settlement, but the truth that Germany was at fault was reviled. The impact of the hostage crisis during the 1972 summer games are even relevant in today’s world. Atlanta’s Olympics in 2006 was also attacked. A bomb was placed in an open are an exploded. Although the Atlanta games didn’t have as profound of impact on the world it did prove that security had improved. Some would say that the Munich Massacre is the gateway for more security as well as a highly trained security. CNN’s Senior Washington Correspondent Charles Bierbauer says “Munich was a watershed. In great measure, it has been since 1972 that the general public has submitted to security searches in airports, arenas and other public events -- and learned to live with the threat of terrorism” ().
World War II, known as the largest armed conflict in history, began in Europe in the 1930s and led to effect many people. The war resulted in not only the involvement of more countries than any other war but also introduced powerful, new, nuclear weapons that also contributed to the most deaths. As Hitler rose to power in 1933 the Holocaust began, his quest for the ‘perfect’ race resulted in the use of concentration camps, which would help to create the largest genocide of people in history.
Adolf Hitler came into power of Germany in 1934. Wanting power, land and revenge, Hitler gets troops ready to attack. Hitler was a troop in WWI for Germany. Once the Germans lost the war, Hitler took that personally, and wanted revenge. After coming into power with his army of Nazis, Hitler is quick to blame Jewish people for all the harsh debt and corruption in Germany. The Germans believe him, causing them to hate Jewish people. The holocaust happened throughout 1933-1945, it ended when Hitler killed himself.
The controversy in the Munich Olympic games was that there was a terrorist attack.During the Munich Games,security guards ignored what they thought were maintance works, but the eight men in warm-up suits were members of Black September, a terrorist group linked to the Palestine Liberation Organization. They entered the suite of the Israeli quarters in the Olympic Village and killed a coach and weight lifter and then took nine other Israelis hostage.The terrorists demanded the release of 200 Arabs from Israeli prisons and a
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“No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas” (Advertising, Demonstrations, Propaganda* 98). This rule shows just what the Germans were hoping for, a peaceful, passive, war-free environment in which countries can get together and compete. Although we all know that quite the antithesis was upon the 1972 Olympics in Munich between September the fifth and September the sixth. The Munich Massacre, one of the worst massacres of all time, was driven by the vengefulness of the Palestinian group known as Black September, towards the people of Israel, or more relevantly, towards their Olympic team (Rosenberg). Since this confrontation between Palestine and Israel has been going on for such a long time, the conflict was ultimately inevitable. Or was it? The tragedy at the 1972 Munich Olympics stunned the world by the murders of the Israeli Olympic team, but the fact that it could have been prevented is completely unacceptable.
"9 Israelis on Olympic Team Killed With 4 Arab Captors As Police Fight Band That Disrupted Munich Games," screamed the headline of the front page of The New York Times. The attack occurred during the wee hours of September 5, 1972, but news of the crisis, although widespread on television sets across the world, would not reach The New York Times until September 6. When it did reach the papers, it was clear that something had gone wrong. Very wrong. The New York Times first reported this event as a mind-boggling screw-up, and in the days that followed, reported on the manner in which the international community retaliated. In other words, news coverage shifted from the pointing of fingers to an eventual call for arms.
During the late 1920s and early 1930s, Germany was experiencing great economic and social hardship. Germany was defeated in World War I and the Treaty of Versailles forced giant reparations upon the country. As a result of these reparations, Germany suffered terrible inflation and mass unemployment. Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi party who blamed Jews for Germany’s problems. His incredible public speaking skills, widespread propaganda, and the need to blame someone for Germany’s loss led to Hitler’s great popularity among the German people and the spread of anti-Semitism like wildfire. Hitler initially had a plan to force the Jews out of Germany, but this attempt quickly turned into the biggest genocide in history. The first concentration camps in Germany were established soon after Hitler's appointment as chancellor in January 1933.“...the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.” –Adolf Hitler
World War II started right before Autumn in 1939 and lasted for six years. Two of the United States allies, France and Britain declared war on Germany because Adolf Hitler invaded Poland. Hitler is also known for ordering the massacre of over six million Jewish people in Germany. The massacre today is known as the Holocaust. After World War I, millions of people in Germany were unemployed during the Great Depression. This Great Depression helped Hitler rise politically because once Hitler rose in power, he would punish any military force who challenged his propaganda. Hitler began to make laws and regulations that excluded Jewish people, sort of like the laws in America that excluded African Americas. Jewish people were also restricted from participating in activities such as sports and they were restricted from attending public schools and colleges.
The Germans hosted the 1972 Olympic Games, dubbed “The Peaceful Games” as it was Germanys first time hosting the games since the end of World War II. However, just ten days in the games became anything but peaceful. On the morning of September 5th, five members of the Palestinian faction, Black September, scaled the walls around the men’s housing complex. No one knew the historical significance that these men were about to play as millions of people watch in horror the events unfold over 24 hours. In this paper, we will discuss the details of these events and identify three examples of how they influenced future international terrorism and counterterrorism activities across the world.
In the silent debate on media commentary; three things that were highlighted most by the portrayal of the Olympics are sexism in the media, racism by the media, and how stereotypical the media can be. In the article “Olympics coverage and commentary managed to offend, annoy, and alienate almost everyone” by Jenne Desmond-Harris Crockett; an outside source argues “Not only is being careless with words lazy, but it also represents lack of knowledge, and gives off a sense of ignorance.” The 2016 Olympic Games left many individuals in awe. Due to the fact that many articles clearly represented how they were “tainted by a seemingly constant stream of examples of the ways in which race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and even body types shape how people are treated, who’s celebrated, and who’s scorned.” The media managed to belittle and bemuse Olympic athletes, and show little to no care for the way they executed their response to certain achievements. In the preceding statement the author claim’s that the Rio Olympics didn’t create racism, sexism, or homophobia, it just gave them a two week platform to present them. The authors claim has merit, and the author has a much backed up argument, developing a pattern of using outside sources, and
The development of Committee X was just one of many counter-terrorism associations that were formed as a result of the Munich Massacre. Reasoning behind the counter-terrorism teams was not always intended as revenge, but as a scare tactic to prevent further incidents. Palestine was put on the world’s stage due to the massive amounts of media covering the events at the Olympic Games. The attack was easily executed due to the lack of security that Germany had provided for the events. Following the Munich Massacre, the Olympic Games have had a substantial increase in quality and numbers of staffed security. This increase along with the anti/counter-terrorism associations have and will hopefully continue to prevent incidents like the Munich Massacre from ever repeating.
I believe that the innocent slaughtered athletes from the Munich Olympics should receive more recognition. First, when the Munich olympics occurred so many athletes were excited because they were ready to break world records and olympic records. That all changed on September 5 when the Palestinians targeted the Israeli Team. They all passed away by hostage taking,grenades, and getting shot. The police killed 5 Black September members during a failed rescue attempt. This made an impact on the 1972 Olympics and put a stop to the games. Athletes had to leave the grounds of the village and the venue, until the captives were taken into custody. The games finally proceeded on September 6 and the Israeli team withdrew from the games and left all
The Olympics are an inspiration to many people. Olympics give young people an opportunity to dream that it could one day be them standing on the podium. They have the power to unite people from around the world to celebrate with pride the achievements of amateur athletes. This all sounds great but there is a dark side to the Olympics that needs to be considered. What used to be a celebration of amateur sport has turned into a commercial enterprise that caters to the interests of the wealthy and big business over the average citizen. The Olympics are really an insider event as obtaining tickets to the events and hotel accommodations is something that is difficult for the average family with the incredibly high prices. The Olympics Games organizers promise protection of civil liberties, financial accountability, environmental sustainability, and that the poor would not face evictions or rent increases. However none of things promises have been delivered on.
The gunshots seemed to be brisk. After the shots ended the entire world was calm. Two of my fellow Israeli Olympic team mates were killed. It was September 4th, 1972 at the Munich Germany Olympics. It was around 4 am when the gunmen made their way to the rooms where the Israeli team is staying. They break into the Olympic housing.
Introduction Today, the Olympic Games are the world's largest pageant of athletic skill and competitive spirit. They are also displays of nationalism, commerce and politics. Well-known throughout the world the games have been used to promote understanding and friendship among nations, but have also been a hotbed of political disputes and boycotts. The Olympic games started thousands of years ago and lasted over a millennium.. The symbolic power of the Games lived on after their demise, and came to life again as the modern Olympic Games being revived in the last century. Both the modern and Ancient Olympics have close similarities in there purpose and in there problems.