Nazis at the Olympic Village Gate

For 40 years we were told that the relatively new, unorganized and underfunded PLO/Black September group somehow managed to pull off the first terrorist attack on a worldwide stage at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

It made history.

However, in 2012, a whistle blower leaked a small portion of secret German documents that opened Pandora’s Box. In those documents it was revealed that the PLO and their group, Black September were aided by a group of Nazis in West Germany in their plot to attack the Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. It was also revealed that Germany had a tip-off from a Palestinian informant in Beirut three weeks before the 1972 Munich Olympics. The informant revealed that the Palestinians were planing an “incident” at the games.

The Foreign Ministry in Bonn took the tip-off seriously enough to pass it on to the Secret Service in Munich and urge that “all possible security measures” be taken. Also on September 2, 1972, just 72 hours prior to the kidnappings and murders, the Italian publication GENTE reported that Black September terrorists were plotting a “sensational act” during the Olympic Games. But neither the Munich authorities nor the IOC acted on all this information. In fact, they covered it up for forty years.

Why?

Because the truth is that the PLO/Black September had plenty of assistance from people in the German Secret Service, German police force, Interpol and the IOC. The common threads of those people that assisted Black September were their influence, positions of power and their affiliation with the openly defeated but still secretly thriving Nazi party.

Here are the facts:

The Cover Up
What the German authorities and the IOC have attempted to cover up till today is the vast amount of help the terrorists had to pull off such a sophisticated attack in such a small period of time. In only six weeks, and after a few warnings to the German government and the IOC, the terrorists were able to get the housing location of the Israeli athletes, get fake IDs, weapons, their own housing and roam around Germany without interference from Interpol or the German Secret Service.

The IOC and the Nazi Connection
The “father” of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin (IOC president from 1896 – 1925) and his successor, Count Baillet-Latour (IOC president from 1925 – 1942) were not only Nazi supporters, they were good friends with Hitler himself. They had an ally in the president of the American Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage, who was himself a Nazi supporter, to help end America’s protest of the Berlin games and to stop the Jewish athletes from competing at the Nazi games in 1936. After the 1936 Olympics, as a reward, Brundage’s construction company was awarded a building contract to build the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. Brundage was notified in a letter from Nazi authorities acknowledging Brundage’s pro-Nazi sympathies. Avery Brundage then became the leader of the post-war Olympic movement and official President of the IOC from 1952 to 1972. Brundage introduced Juan Antonio Samaranch to the IOC in 1966 as a man “whom he trusted and loved”.

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Above is the last known picture of Samaranch (pictured center) saluting with his fascist comrades. The photo was taken in Barcelona in July, 1974 two years after the Munich Massacre. He was a member and loyal friend of Spain’s fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. At the time of the photo, Samaranch was a vice-president of the IOC. Six years later, the IOC elected him President.

German Police, German Secret Service, Interpol and the Nazi Connection
Paul Dickopf was a Nazi member of the NSDAP and SS. After WWII, Dickopf rose quickly through the ranks of the Federal Police of West Germany and became head of the BKA (similar to the American FBI) in 1965, bringing many former Nazi agents with him. He was the President of Interpol from 1968 until 1972.  While his former Nazi connections were well known, Dickopf was still able to make the Federal Criminal Police a safe haven for former Nazis and SS officials during his time as president of the BKA and then Interpol.

The PLO, Black September and the Nazi Connection
Hajj Amin al-Husseini the Fatah founder and the political administrator of Arab Palestine was a close ally of Nazi Germany and helped form the Muslim SS-brigade in Bosnia. After WWll, he escaped to Egypt, where some ex-Nazi officers found refuge as well. There, he was introduced to Yasser Arafat, the founder of the PLO by the president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nassar to work together to destroy Israel. Yasser Arafat became Al-Husseini’s protégé and was introduced to ex-Nazi commandos to learn gorilla fighting tactics. In 1970 Fatah and the PLO merged.

The Story from Black September
As a commander of Black September and co founder of Fatah, Abu Daoud was the mastermind behind the Munich Massacre. According to Daoud, the plot was hatched only six weeks before the Massacre on July 15 1972 and funded by current PA president Mahmoud Abass. In July, Abu Daoud and Abu Iyad joined another Black September leader, Abu Mohammed, at a café in Rome’s Piazza della Rotonda. Reading a newspaper, they saw a report that the IOC had failed to respond to two requests from Palestinians to be permitted to take their team to the 1972 Olympic Games. “If they refuse to let us participate, why shouldn’t we penetrate the Games in our own way?” Abu Mohammed asked.

The Israelis’ Fear
Israel had learned of the plot for the Munich Games and subsequently asked the authorities in Germany and the IOC to allow them to send extra security for their athletes – that request was rejected. In fact, the team was housed in a relatively isolated part of the Olympic Village, in a small building close to a gate, which Israeli delegation head Shmuel Lalkin felt made his team particularly vulnerable to an outside assault. The West German authorities and IOC assured Lalkin that extra security would be provided for the Israeli team. However, the Israeli athletes did not have extra security and were left completely vulnerable.

The Munich Massacre was the perfect Nazi plot to kill more Jews on West German soil just 27 years after the Holocaust while making the world believe that this was just another Israeli and Palestinian “conflict”, thus erasing all fingerprints of the IOC, German Law Enforcement, German Secret Service and Interpol.

I am calling on the German government to release all secret documents regarding the Munich Massacre. It’s time to stop the charade and let the families of the fallen athletes find justice and let the world know the whole truth.

I am also calling on the world body to lift the IOC’s immunity against lawsuits, which has been their safeguard. History tells us that the IOC may to this day be filled with Nazi and Fascist sympathizers, as power positions have been ‘inherited’ from people strongly and intimately connected with the Nazi party. If the IOC insist on more silence or deflection of their role in this tragedy, the world must assume that previous Nazi sympathizers in the IOC have indeed “passed the torch” to those in power today. The IOC needs to face justice for their role in this massacre. For a non-profit organization worth over 50 billion dollars, second only to Apple, their legal immunity protects them from their role in the tragic loss of Olympians at the Olympic Games, where politics should play no part. Owning up to this sordid history is their responsibility to the families of the Olympians that were brutally slain.

My name is Guri Weinberg and I am the son of Moshe Weinberg, the Israeli wrestling coach murdered at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. And I repeat the message I sent the IOC four years ago – I am not going away.

 

Published August 4, 2016 – The Jewish Journal