MARY Peters has revealed the guilt she felt in Munich because she was unaware of the full extent of the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes.
A total of 17 people died in the attack by the Arab terrorist group Black September, including six Israeli coaches and five Israeli athletes.
“It wasn’t a good Olympics because of the Israeli disaster, so I never fully celebrated my success. I felt guilty,” recalled the Olympic champion.
“I woke up on the morning of the shootings and went into the room of one of the girls across the way.
“There were tanks surrounding the village, but we had no idea what was happening.
“There were no mobile phones back then and we went out for the day looking for a wedding present for one of the athletes at the time.
“I slept easily that night not knowing the full extent of the massacre.
“Bavarians don’t consider themselves to be German and they wanted a more friendly Olympic Games than the previous Games in Berlin under Hitler’s rule.
“They didn’t expect any violence and the security was nothing like it is today.
“It was a tragedy that I will never forget.
“Heide (Rosendahl, Peters’ rival) was Jewish and threatened to leave the games. It was awful.
“When I returned home, I got a threat that I would be shot, but I returned anyway.
“I have been back to Munich a number of times to pay my respects to those who lost their lives that year.”