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The hostage-taking place is almostunchanged today. The window of Apartment 1 is to the left of and below the balcony.
However, according to Der Spiegel, the authorities failed to act on the tip, and have never acknowledged it in thefollowing 40 years. The newspaper further adds that this is only part of a 40-year cover-up by the Germanauthorities of the mishandling of the massacre.
On the evening of 4 September, the Israeli athletes enjoyed a night out,watching a performance of
Fiddler on the Roof
and dining with the play's star, Israeli actor Shmuel Rodensky, before returning to theOlympic Village.
On the return trip in the team bus, Lalkin denied his13-year-old son, who had befriended weightlifter Yossef Romano andwrestler Eliezer Halfin, permission to spend the night in their apartment — an innocent refusal that probably saved the boy's life.
At 4:30 a.m.local time on 5 September, as the athletes slept, eight tracksuit-cladmembers of Black September carrying duffel bags loaded with AKMassault rifles, Tokarev pistols, and grenades scaled a two-meter chain-link fence with the assistance of unsuspecting athletes who were alsosneaking into the Olympic Village. The athletes were originally identifiedas Americans, but were confirmed to be Canadians decades later.
Once inside, they used stolen keys to enter two apartments being used bythe Israeli team at 31 Connollystraße.Yossef Gutfreund, a wrestling referee, was awakened by a faint scratching noise at the door of Apartment 1, whichhoused the Israeli coaches and officials. When he investigated, he saw the door begin to open and masked menwith guns on the other side. He shouted a warning to his sleeping roommates and threw his nearly 300 lb. (135 kg)weight against the door in a futile attempt to stop the intruders from forcing their way in. Gutfreund's actions gavehis roommate, weightlifting coach Tuvia Sokolovsky, enough time to smash a window and escape. Wrestling coachMoshe Weinberg fought the intruders, who shot him through his cheek and then forced him to help them find morehostages. Leading the terrorists past Apartment 2, Weinberg lied to the terrorists by telling them that the residentsof the apartment were not Israelis. Instead, Weinberg led them to Apartment 3, where the terrorists corralled sixwrestlers and weightlifters as additional hostages. It is possible that Weinberg hoped that the stronger men wouldhave a better chance of fighting off the attackers, but they were all surprised in their sleep.
As the athletes from Apartment 3 were marched back to the coaches' apartment, the wounded Weinberg againattacked the terrorists, allowing one of his wrestlers, Gad Tsobari, to escape via the underground parkinggarage.
The burly Weinberg knocked one of the intruders unconscious and slashed another with a fruit knife before being shot to death. Weightlifter Yossef Romano, a veteran of the Six-Day War, also attacked andwounded one of the intruders before being shot and killed.The terrorists were left with nine hostages. They were, in addition to Gutfreund, sharpshooting coach Kehat Shorr,track and field coach Amitzur Shapira, fencing master Andre Spitzer, weightlifting judge Yakov Springer, wrestlersEliezer Halfin and Mark Slavin, and weightlifters David Berger and Ze'ev Friedman. Gutfreund, physically thelargest of the hostages, was bound to a chair (Groussard describes him as being tied up like a mummy); the restwere lined up four apiece on the two beds in Springer and Shapira's room, and bound at the wrists and ankles andthen to each other. Romano's bullet-riddled corpse was left at his bound comrades' feet as a warning.Of the other members of Israel's team, racewalker Prof. Shaul Ladany had been jolted awake in Apartment 2 by