The new memorial to the victims of the Olympic assassination has been inaugurated. The Israeli President Rivlin and the German President Steinmeier also visited the Dachau concentration camp memorial site together.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nechama visit Dachau concentration camp memorial on Wednesday. They will be accompanied by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender, as well as Bavaria's Minister President Horst Seehofer (CSU) and his wife Karin. In Dachau, shortly after coming to power in 1933, the Nazis established the first German concentration camp, which became a model for others to follow.
Site of remembrance for 1972 Israeli Olympic team
The death toll in the concentration camp is estimated at well over 30.000 estimated. Between 1933 and 1945, more than 200.000 people imprisoned. These included above all political opponents of the National Socialists, Jews, Sinti and Roma, as well as so-called Bible scholars and homosexuals. From 1940 onwards, priests were also increasingly subjected to persecution and mistreatment, more than 2.700 were imprisoned in Dachau. Already in the morning Rivlin, Steinmeier and Seehofer will be present, when the place of remembrance of the assassination of the Israeli Olympic team 1972 is officially handed over to its determination.
Traumatic situation as a "notch"
Forty-five years ago, eleven Israeli athletes and a policeman were killed. The focus of the site, as Minister of Culture Ludwig Spaenle (CSU) said in advance, are the personalities and life stories of the victims. He should remember the terrible events, explain them, place them historically and help draw conclusions from them. The design is by the architectural firm Bruckner Bruckner and is entitled "Einschnitt" (Incision). This stands programmatically for the traumatic situation that triggered the act of terror during the serene games in Munich, said the minister. The Free State of Bavaria, the Federal Republic of Germany, the City of Munich, the International Olympic Committee, the German Sports Confederation and the Foundation for Global Sports Development are contributing to the costs of just over 2.35 million euros.