BERLIN (AP) – Bavarian authorities say they are publishing all previously unpublished files on the 1972 attack …
BERLIN (AP) – Bavarian authorities say they are publishing all previously unpublished files on the attack on the Munich Olympics in 1972 after criticism from relatives of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who died there.
Joachim Hermann, the top security official in southern Germany, said on Thursday that Bavaria would no longer keep any files secret, but acknowledged that federal authorities could still keep the files confidential.
The Palestinian group Black September took many members of the Israeli team hostage on September 5, 1972, in order to force the release of Israeli prisoners and two left-wing extremists in West German prisons. Eleven Israelis and a West German police officer were killed in a failed rescue attempt.
Complaints about the secrecy of the files threatened to obscure the planned memorial event to the 50th anniversary of the attack. Some relatives of the victims also demanded compensation from Germany, which the government rejected.
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