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Remembering The 1972 Munich Olympic Games

Posted Jul 27 2012 12:28pm

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.

They included:

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.

I will remember.

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