Buried in page 8A of the Princeton Packet, below the Pet of the Week feature:
Israeli Olympian recalls 1972 Munich tragedy (emphasis added):
An Olympic athlete who survived the 1972 terrorist attack on the Israeli delegation in Munich gave a crowd of Princeton University students and local residents a personal account last week of how he survived — and insisted that people worldwide should not give in to terrorism.
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“But three days later we had the problem of the terrorists,” he said. “It made me forget what had happened three days before.”
Mr. Alon recalled how the Israeli delegation had attended a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Munich the night prior to the attacks.
“That’s where really we had the last pictures together,” he said.
At 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 5, Mr. Alon woke up to explosions and shouting.
“My wall was shaking a lot, so I jumped up from my bed,” he said. He soon learned that one of the Israeli coaches was lying dead on the pavement outside.
Mr. Alon then overheard one terrorist talking on the phone with German police. Israel had to release 200 imprisoned Palestinians or the rest of the Israeli hostages would die.
“We knew we were now in trouble and that we had to escape,” Mr. Alon said.
Five athletes managed to jump off Mr. Alon’s balcony and reach safety with the German police. The nine remaining hostages weren’t as fortunate.
“The next day in the morning, we flew back with 11 coffins to Israel,” he said.
The attacks came as a complete shock to Mr. Alon.
“The Olympics symbolized for me a peace and friendship between nations … a holy place for the athletes,” he said. “We came there for sport, not for politics.”
Mr. Alon quit competitive fencing two months later. He now has three children, lives in Tel Aviv and works in the plastics industry.
The former athlete was quick to praise Mr. Spielberg’s cinematic version of the events.
“I think the movie is giving a big message for the world that it doesn’t have to happen again,” he said.
He hopes that recent publicity will result in a minute of silence at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing to commemorate those who died in Munich.
Mr. Alon stressed the importance of not submitting to terrorism, and thanked Americans for their contribution.
“I thank you … and the president for what you are doing around the world to stop it,” he said. “We Israelis cannot do it by ourselves.”
Why wasn’t this a front page story?