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Richard Nixon Administration:
Message to Golda Meir on Murder of Israeli Olympians in Munich

(September 6, 1972)

Nixon Administration: Table of Contents | Visit to Israel (1974) | Rogers Plan

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Dear Madame Prime Minister:

The heart of America goes out to you, to the bereaved families and to the Israeli people in the tragedy that has struck your Olympic athletes. This tragic and senseless act is a perversion of all the hopes and aspirations of mankind which the Olympic games symbolize. In a larger sense, it is a tragedy for all the peoples and nations of the world. We mourn with you the deaths of your innocent and brave athletes, and we share with you the determination that the spirit of brotherhood and peace they represented shall in the end persevere.



Sources: Public Papers of the President

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