German neo-Nazi 'helped Munich massacre mastermind'

The self-proclaimed Palestinian mastermind of the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre among Israeli athletes was aided by a German neo-Nazi, Spiegel online reported on Sunday.

Documents made public after a request from weekly news magazine Der Spiegel show that in July 1972, police sent the domestic intelligence service information showing that an "Arab-looking" man called Saad Walli had met with neo-Nazi Willi Pohl.

Saad Walli was a cover name for Abu Daoud, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 5, 1972 operation.

Pohl at the time had contacts with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and offered logistical support to Daoud, providing him false passports and various documents, the report said.

The attack by Palestinian militants called Black September led to the deaths of 11 Israeli athletes, one German police officer and five of the militants.

Der Spiegel said the PLO's leadership asked Pohl to carry out vengeance attacks for the five dead militants. Several possible attacks were considered, including a hostage-taking at the cathedral in Cologne, western Germany, the magazine said.

Pohl and an accomplice were arrested in Munich in October 1972 while in possession of automatic weapons, grenades and a threatening letter signed by Black September and addressed to a judge investigating the surviving militants, Der Spiegel said.

The group had used the same sort of grenades -- made in Belgium from Swedish explosives -- to kill the Israeli hostages, the magazine said.

Pohl was sentenced in 1974 to two years in prison for possession of illegal weapons.

Today, Pohl is a crime writer. He said he had driven the Palestinians throughout then West Germany, according to the report.

Daoud, whose real name was Mohammed Daoud Odeh, died in July 2010 aged 73.

He claimed responsibility for the attack in his book "Palestine, from Jerusalem to Munich", published in 1999.

He defended the act as a military operation against athletes who were military reservists.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • What can void a new car warranty? James Deakin - Wheel Power
    What can void a new car warranty?

    "I was denied warranty once for changing my horn!" One very annoyed reader wrote. "I was told that placing a backup camera will void my warranty" said another. The others are best left in my private inbox as Yahoo! have a swear jar in the office that I do not feel like donating this week's pay to. Continue reading → …

  • Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources VERA Files - The Inbox
    Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files "Gutom (hunger)," Sen. Loren Legarda said is what’s in store for the Filipino people if destruction of the country's marine resources is not stopped. Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Environment and Natural … Continue reading → …

  • ‘Yolanda’ fiberglass boats modern-day Noah’s ark VERA Files - The Inbox
    ‘Yolanda’ fiberglass boats modern-day Noah’s ark

    By Jane Dasal, VERA Files If you want to save the earth, build a boat. That's what a group of environmentalists is saying, especially if you want to save both the forests and fishermen affected by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). “Haiyan … Continue reading → …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options