On the 50th anniversary of the assassination attempt on the Israeli Olympic team, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier apologized for the failure of the police at the time and the unworthy treatment of the bereaved.

“As the head of state of this country and on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany, I ask your forgiveness, forgiveness for the lack of protection for the Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich and for the lack of education afterwards; that what happened could happen,” said Steinmeier on Monday at a commemoration event in Fürstenfeldbruck, Bavaria.