Alongside the families of the Munich martyrs: President Herzog will participate in the memorial ceremony in Germany

the president Yitzhak Herzog and his wife Michal will leave this coming Sunday for a state visit to Germany and will participate in a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the massacre of the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics alongside the families of the martyrs. The visit will be held at the invitation of the President of Germany Frank Walter Steinmeierand Herzog promised the bereaved families that he had set a condition for the Germans that if the families did not come to the ceremony in Munich, he would not come either.

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As part of the visit, Herzog will meet with the President of Germany, Chancellor Schulz and other officials. The President will address the German House of Representatives, the Bundestag, and hold a meeting with the President of the House of Representatives. In addition, Herzog accompanied by the President of Germany will visit the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and, as mentioned, will participate in the state ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Munich massacre.

The president’s father, the sixth president of the State of Israel, the late Haim Herzog, was one of the liberators of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as an officer in the British Army and delivered a speech there during his first state visit as president of the State of Israel to German soil in 1987.

President Yitzhak Herzog (Photo: Kobi Gideon, Chief of Staff)

As a reminder, the government in Germany announced yesterday that it had reached an agreement with the families of the victims of the Munich disaster regarding financial compensation for the disaster, when Herzog was also involved in the negotiations for the agreement. Also, the German RND network reported that the government in Berlin will compensate the families in the amount of 28 million euros. The report comes after there was a dispute between the government and the families of the victims regarding the amount of compensation, which until now was lower.


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