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Blaming the Victim

According to a German professor, Arnd Krüger, the 1972 Olympic massacre of eleven Israeli athletes was a twisted ploy to gain sympathy for the Jewish state. At a recent academic conference, the professor said “the athletes sacrificed themselves in Israel’s service.” Krüger’s prior academic work includes co-editing of The Nazi Olympics: Sport, Politics, and Appeasement in the 1930s, which argues that “The 1936 Olympic Games played a key role in the development of both Hitler’s Third Reich and international sporting competition.” Given his most recent comment, and his academic interest in the rise of totalitarian regimes, one cannot help but wonder if his next book will argue that Israel massacred its athletes to gain international sympathy prior to its attack on Egypt and Syria in the 1973 war.



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