The Munich Olympics

One of the greatest tragedies ever to befall an international sporting competition.

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"The main question was whether the Games should go on or not. It caused quite a dispute also in this country, whether we should go on or not. We pulled our team out. We couldn't go on without them [the murdered team members]. But for the Games to go on... I think the decision was right to keep the Games going, because if not, the terrorists would have gained in their purpose to stop the Games."

In addition to Israel, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and Norway--as well as the contingent from the GDR--would not accept the continuation of the Games, with the latter feeling that this would be seen as a kind of victory for the West. Other individuals left and a general feeling of depression and devastation remained until the end of the Games.

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Dr. Paul Y Mayer

Dr. Paul Yogi Mayer is a sportsman, writer, teacher and youth worker, who traces the history of the Olympic Games in the context of Jewish participation and contribution.