As we look forward to the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London today, it seems a good time to reflect on the 1972 Munich Games, where on 9/5/72 11 Israeli Olympians fell victim to political unrest.
There’s been a good deal written about the events of the Munich Games, but the fatalities themselves somehow seems to often be over-looked.
Moshie Weinberg (wresting coach), 33 years of age
Yossef Romano (weightlifter), 32 years of age
Ze’ev Friedman (weightlifter), 28 years of age
David Berger (weightlifter), 28 years of age
Yakov Springer (weightlifting judge), 51 years of age
Eliezer Halfin (wrestler), 24 years of age
Yossef Gutfreund (wresting referee), 41 years of age
Kehat Shorr (shooting coach), 53 years of age
Mark Slavin (wrestler), 18 years of age
Andre Spitzer (fencing coach), 27 years of age
Amitzur Shapira (track coach), 40 years of age
Like many, I will be glued to my TV set the next few weeks, enjoying the spectacle of the Olympics.
Also like many, I’ll remember being huddled around the TV set with my family, watching the events of the 1972 Munich games unfold.