BERLIN, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Germany has reached an agreement on new compensation for the families of Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics, a joint statement from the presidents of the two countries said on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, the families said they were dissatisfied with the latest German compensation offers and planned to boycott a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the attack in protest. The Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, citing the German news agency DPA, said on Wednesday that compensation of 28 million euros ($28.02 million) had been discussed, of which the federal government would cover 22.5 million. euros.
The German government did not confirm the amounts, saying the talks with the victims’ representatives were confidential.
“With this agreement, the German state acknowledges its responsibility and recognizes the terrible suffering of the murdered (athletes) and their families,” the statement said.
On September 5, 1972, members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage in the Olympic village by Palestinian gunmen from the radical group Black September.
Within 24 hours, 11 Israelis, five Palestinians and a German police officer were killed after the standoff and subsequent rescue effort turned into a shootout.
The Times of Israel reported that, immediately after the massacre, Germany made payments to relatives of the victims of about 4.19 million German marks (about 2 million euros) and that, in 2002, the relatives received another 3 million. of euros.
($1 = 0.9994 euros) (Reporting by Riham Alkousaa. Editing in Spanish by Javier Leira)