This is one of those things that just leave you shaking your head.

And it’s an important lesson of why Israel can’t lose any war — there would be no mercy shown on the Jews.

In early September we covered the anniversary of the 1972 Munich Massacre, in which 11 Israelis were murdered by PLO terrorists who took them hostage in the Olympic Village. Mahmoud Abbas, current President of the Palestinian Authority, reportedly financed the operation.

Here are the images of the Israelis who died:

[Israeli Athletes killed Munich Massacre]

[Israeli Athletes killed Munich Massacre]

Some horrifying details were just revealed by two of the wives of the athletes, via The NY Times, Long-Hidden Details Reveal Cruelty of 1972 Munich Attackers:

In September 1992, two Israeli widows went to the home of their lawyer. When the women arrived, the lawyer told them that he had received some photographs during his recent trip to Munich but that he did not think they should view them. When they insisted, he urged them to let him call a doctor who could be present when they did.

Ilana Romano and Ankie Spitzer, whose husbands were among the Israeli athletes held hostage and killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, rejected that request, too. They looked at the pictures that for decades they had been told did not exist, and then agreed never to discuss them publicly….

For the first time, Ms. Romano, Ms. Spitzer and other victims’ family members are choosing to speak openly about documentation previously unknown to the public in an effort to get their loved ones the recognition they believe is deserved.

Among the most jarring details are these: The Israeli Olympic team members were beaten and, in at least one case, castrated.

“What they did is that they cut off his genitals through his underwear and abused him,” Ms. Romano said of her husband, Yossef. Her voice rose.

“Can you imagine the nine others sitting around tied up?” she continued, speaking in Hebrew through a translator. “They watched this.”

According to what they told The Times, the family’s only saw the photos 20 years after the event, in 1992:

The photographs were “as bad I could have imagined,” Ms. Romano said. (The New York Times reviewed the photographs but has chosen not to publish them because of their graphic nature.)

Mr. Romano, a champion weight lifter, was shot when he tried to overpower the terrorists early in the attack. He was then left to die in front of the other hostages and castrated. Other hostages were beaten and sustained serious injuries, including broken bones, Ms. Spitzer said. Mr. Romano and another hostage died in the Olympic Village; the other nine were killed during a failed rescue attempt after they were moved with their captors to a nearby airport.

This paragraph from The Times report is important to me (emphasis added):

The terrorists always claimed that they didn’t come to murder anyone — they only wanted to free their friends from prison in Israel,” Ms. Spitzer said. “They said it was only because of the botched-up rescue operation at the airport that they killed the rest of the hostages, but it’s not true. They came to hurt people. They came to kill.”

One of those “friends” the terrorists wanted released from prison was Rasmea Odeh, whose murder of Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner together with her immigration fraud case (now on appeal) we have covered extensively.

Black September 1972 Olympic Prisoner List Rasmieh Odeh

[Featured Image credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS]