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In Focus: Munich Massacre Memorial ´72  

General Information


In September 2012, during a state visit in Israel, Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer announced that he would initiate plans to set up a memorial site in remembrance of the Munich Olympic massacre. The plans were approved by the Council of Ministers on 30th July 2013 based on a concept that had been developed by the State Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and the Arts – here, the Regional Office for Political Education. The Bavarian State Minister of Education and Culture Affairs, through representation by the Bavarian State Center for Civic Education, was also commissioned with the task of implementing the project.

After settling the administrative requirements and consulting with different political partners (including, among others, the Consulate General of the State of Israel and the Federal Ministry of the Interior), a preparatory working team, which later evolved into a project group, was set up in close collaboration with the highest public and state construction authorities (incl. Staatliches Bauamt München 2). The group has been working on the implementation of the project from the Regional Office for Political Education since May 2014. The Munich Massacre Memorial `72 is scheduled to be opened in early summer 2017.

Project Team


Coming soon...




> Start of Construction Work (July 2016)
Construction work began this week on the site of the memorial located on the western part of Lindenhügel. The Minister of Cultural Affairs, Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, and the Vice Consul General of the State of Israel, Jonathan Glick, visited the site together to see the current state of progress for themselves. :: more ::

> A new site – Westlicher Lindenhügel (Feb. 2015)
In 2015, the site for the Munich Massacre Memorial ´72 was moved to a new location. Following protests by residents of Olympisches Dorf (Olympic Village Munich) against the original plan to set up the memorial – at a ridge north of Kolehmainenweg –, an agreement was reached to relocate it to the other side of Kolehmainenweg – on the western side of Lindenhügel. :: more ::

> Visit from Israel (Nov. 2014)

> Winning design selected (Sept. 2014)


Historical Background

Entrance of the Israeli delegation (Photo: Privately owned)  

In the morning of 5th September 1972, during the XXth summer Olympics in Munich, eight members of the terrorist organization Black September forced their way into the Olympic Village. Their goal was to get to Connolly Street 31 where the apartments of the Israeli team were located. They took eleven Israeli athletes hostage and demanded the release of 234 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel as well as the release of RAF (Red Army Faction) members, Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof.  

Two of the Israeli athletes were killed in Connolly Street 31 as they attempted to fight back against the terrorists. :: More ::

Thematic Concept



Yossef Romano with daughter (Photo: Privately owned)

The biographies of the twelve victims provide the central narrative of the planned exhibition. The memorial site aims to give a human face to the victims of the massacre. :: More ::


Memorial Site Westlicher Lindenhügel

Brückner & Brückner architects

The Munich Massacre Memorial `72 will be located on the western side of Lindenhügel, south of Kolehmainenweg. The selection of the site was agreed upon by the respective representatives of the residents of Olympic Village, the Ministry of State as well as political partners.

The new site will not only meet the needs of the residents of the Olympic Village and of the student apartments, it also provides good conditions for an adequate architectural solution. The basic ideas of the concept – which include providing an open view to the scene of the massacre, the Olympic Village as well as the stadium – come to light in a special way from this location.

The Implementation


The Free State of Bavaria is the contracting authority as well as the client of the project. Representing the state are the State Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and the Arts (within which the Regional Office for Political Education, Department LZ 4, is responsible) and the state construction authority (Staatliches Bauamt München 2).

The project is funded by the Free State of Bavaria, which in turn receives a substantial amount of support from the Federal Republic of Germany, the state capital of Munich, the International Olympic Committee, the Foundation for Global Sports Development and the German Olympic Sports Association. The Munich Massacre Memorial `72 is scheduled to be opened in early summer 2017.


Contact Person


Piritta Kleiner
Curator:  Munich Massacre Memorial ´72
Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst
Bayerische Landeszentrale für politische Bildungsarbeit
Praterinsel 2, 80538 München

Tel: 089/ 2186-2247


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