Choose an event in the past. The event should be famous enough for any news related to it to reverberate far and wide. The event should be remote enough to make checking the "news" difficult to impossible. Now start manufacturing the news. And voila:
Professor Arnd Krüger claims Israeli athletes murdered in 1972 knew their lives were in danger because of 'Olympic village's poor security,' but decided to stay, sacrifice themselves for Israel's interests.This method of getting famous is becoming a routine act for some historians, it seems. Especially when their prospects of getting famous are quite low, like in case of Professor Arnd Krüger, whose area of expertise is "sport history; sport management; sport media; training theory; coaching science; track & field". Hard to become a TV star upon issuing a monograph on a revolutionary jockstrap for a baseball player.
So what does one do? Revises a bit of history, not necessarily related to his field of expertise, but one that allows him to claim some personal knowledge. Hitherto undisclosed for some reason.
In a recent lecture, Prof. Arnd Krüger of the University of Göttingen, who covered the Munich Olympics as a journalist and claimed to have known some of the murdered Israeli athletes, compared the decision made by the sportsmen to stay in the Olympic village despite the known threat to their safety to the decision made by the Jews to stay in Hebron during the 1929 Palestine riots.Yes. Letting themselves get killed in order to promote their far-reaching interests is a well known Jooish trick, from times immemorial. Like luring all these Babylonians, Greeks, Romans and Germans to kill the Jooz to promote... whatever. Good theory.
Of course, the learned professor is now backpedaling.
Speaking to Yedioth Ahronoth on Saturday, Krüger denied ever saying he believed the Israeli mission to the Munich Olympics knew that it would be targeted, but added that "one has to assume that the sportsmen who stayed in the village knew it had poor security.But the bird has already escaped, and professor is feverishly covering his arse:
I'm not a racist or an anti-Semite, I'm just trying to understand what really happened.Yep. Thirty six years of trying to understand and this is what we have: a wannabe celebrity crawling to fame over people's graves. With the "what really happened" battle cry of freaks and morons all over the world.
And you know what? I really believe he is neither a racist nor an anti-Semite.
Cross-posted on Yourish.com.