The 1972 Munich Olympic Games: Bud Greenspan Remembers
This video commemorates one of the first major terrorist attacks – at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. What was hoped to be an event of peace and healing, instead became one of violence and tragedy.
The documentary features rare archival footage and interviews with many of the significant organizers, participants and witnesses to the games.
Bud Greenspan was a 44 year old NBC radio reporter at the time, and witnessed the tragic events first hand. The film features Greenspan’s actual radio broadcasts from Munich as well as his current on-camera reflections. While focused on the tragic events in Munch, it also includes many remarkable athletic achievements that played out at the Olympics.
Despite the terrible and shocking violence of the terrorist attack on innocent athletes and coaches, the survivors did not give up hope. Memorial services in honor of those murdered by the terrorists were held around the world. Although there was some disagreement as to whether the Olympics should continue following the tragedy, many were determined not to let the terrorists “win,” and the games proceeded in honor of those who died.