Spielberg wants Olympic honour for slain athletes

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12 January 2006, NEW YORK - Hollywood director Steven Spielberg is lobbying the International Olympics Committee to inaugurate a minute of silence at future games in honour of the eleven Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympics in Germany, the New York Post reported Wednesday. The director's current movie "Munich" focuses on the Israeli secret service's hunt for the Palestinian terrorists responsible for the murders. Now he hopes that the movie will increase pressure on the IOC to finally acknowledge t

12 January 2006

NEW YORK - Hollywood director Steven Spielberg is lobbying the International Olympics Committee to inaugurate a minute of silence at future games in honour of the eleven Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympics in Germany, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

The director's current movie "Munich" focuses on the Israeli secret service's hunt for the Palestinian terrorists responsible for the murders. Now he hopes that the movie will increase pressure on the IOC to finally acknowledge the tragedy at the 2008 Beijing games.

"His goal is to get the IOC to properly acknowledge the Munich massacre," Spielberg's spokesperson told the paper.

The IOC has previously rejected a public ceremony in honour of the Israeli athletes as "too political."

DPA

Subject: German news

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