Oral History Of Munich Massacre

Posted: March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Munich in 21st century media
My mother said, “But no Palestinian athletes died.”
Gilady responded, “Well, there were Palestinians who died at the 1972 Olympics.”
I heard one of the widows say to Gilady, “Are you equating the murder of my husband to the terrorists that killed him?”
Silence.
Then Ilana Romano burst out with a cry that has haunted me to this day. She screamed at Gilady, “How DARE you! You KNOW what they did to my husband! They let him lay there for hours, dying slowly, and then finished him off by castrating him and shoving it in his mouth, ALEX!”
I looked at Gilady’s face as he sat there, stone cold with no emotion. This man knew these athletes personally. This man led the Israeli media delegation at the 1972 Olympics and saw this atrocity first hand. This man saw my father’s dead, naked body thrown out front of the Olympic Village for all the world to see.
Without a hint of empathy, Gilady excused himself from our meeting.
Effects of Oral History
This small dialogue between the wife of the murdered athlete Yossef Romano and Alex Gilady a man who personally knew the athletes, this chilling passage makes one think about the effects that Oral history has on the receiver as these oral history passages “are terribly useful in telling you about people’s minds”. This particular passage allows the listener or the reader to divulge into the tellers mind, although the Munich Massacre was an event watched by the world and are saddened by it these recollection and telling of the events will have a different effect in the minds of the families of the athletes who felt every inch of anticipation during those events to know what was going to happen to their family members. “How DARE you! You KNOW what they did to my husband! They let him lay there for hours, dying slowly, and then finished him off by castrating him and shoving it in his mouth, ALEX!” These words which were screamed from Ilana Romano’s mouth were a memory which had been preserved in her mind, and by letting these statements out she has carried on the history of the Munich Massacre in a grueling and horrific manner. The words itself are very stomach turning but that aside it portrays what effect the Munich Massacre has had on the mind of Ilana Romano we are placed in her shoes to empathize with her feelings and this is what oral history can do it can recollect the past events. However baring this in mind it Oral history can be quite a delicate matter this is because it is a collection of what the teller believed to of had happened is trustworthy or not ? To be continued…..

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The wives of two of the athletes Andre spritzer fencing coach and Yossef Romano heavy weight are fighting for a 1 minute of silence in favour of the tragic Munich Massacre for future Olympics

By zainab Mogul

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