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When Ilana Romano heard her husband was among the Israeli athletes held by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics she expected the worst I knew who he was He would not sit quietly He was not the type she recalled I knew it would end badly She was right Yossi Romano made his move in the dormitory thast day 25 years ago trying to overpower his well-armed Black September captors with a kitchen knife They shot the weightlifter four times and left him to die slowly on the floor Ankie Spitzer saw her husband Andre for the last time on TV when he appeared at the window of that dormitory room acting as a go-between for negotiators and the terrorists Hands bound behind his back the fencing coach reported in German that all the hostages were fine except for one -- and was promptly hit on the head with a rifle butt and whisked from sight He too died when the 20-hour standoff on Sept 5 1972 ended in a botched rescue effort at the airport In all 11 Israeli athletes five of the Palestinians and a German policeman were killed A quarter century later the Munich massacre is still fresh in the minds of many Israelis -- a memory of a morally simpler time when Israelis generally saw themselves as the good guys Munich is seen as pure good versus evil said filmmaker Yarin Kimor who produced a documentary on the attack It is viewed as a struggle between innocent athletes and political murderers On the 25th anniversary Israel plans an official memorial ceremony at the Tel Aviv monument to the victims As happens every year the Wingate Sporting Institute will hold a memorial service and the families will make a group pilgrimage to the graves Soon after the attack Ankie Spitzer visited the room where her husband and the others were tied to
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