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Israel’s State Archive releases Munich Olympics massacre documents

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August 29, 2012 | 10:38 am

Plaque in front of the Israeli athletes' quarters commemorating the victims of the Munich massacre.

Plaque in front of the Israeli athletes' quarters commemorating the victims of the Munich massacre.

Israel’s State Archive released 45 formerly classified documents related to the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

The documents, which were released Wednesday in honor of the 40th anniversary of the massacre, include Foreign Ministry cables, minutes of Israeli Cabinet meetings and meetings of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense committees, as well as official correspondence between Israeli and German officials.

In one document, Mossad chief Zvi Zamir said that Germany “did not make even a minimal effort” to save the Israeli hostages. Another document is Zamir’s personal report of the operation in Hebrew and translated into English.

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