Munich Olympics

At 80, A Munich Olympics And Holocaust Survivor is Still The Sportsman

08/21/2016 - 11:43

OMER, Israel (JTA) – Shaul Ladany, a two-time Olympian, acknowledged that he was “very happy” that the International Olympic Committee finally held an official memorial for the 11 Israelis who were killed in a terrorist raid at the 1972 Munich games.

But Ladany, an Israeli racewalker who still holds a world record, didn’t need the Aug. 3 ceremony at the Rio games to remember the tragedy. He was there, forced to flee the dorms where the Palestinian terrorists held his teammates hostage.

haul Ladany in his suburban Beersheba home with a prized piece of his Theodor Herzl collection, left. JTA

Olympic Terror Widow Wins Grudging Victory

After Ankie Spitzer’s 44-year fight with the IOC, Rio Games will include a memorial for the Munich dead.

07/27/2016 - 08:41
Staff Writer

On Sept. 6, 1972, Ankie Spitzer slowly walked around Apartment 3 of 31 Connallystrasse, a duplex dormitory room in the Olympic Village of Munich, where the Summer Olympics were underway.

Spitzer, widow one of the 11 Israelis murdered in 1972, has lobbied since then for a minute of silence. Getty Images

Athletes In Sochi Honor Memory Of Munich 11

02/10/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Since the murder of 11 Israeli Olympians by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, the Jewish communities in most Olympic host cities have hosted a memorial ceremony in the victims’ memory.


Olympic Moment Of Pride

07/30/2012 - 20:00

While there is no excuse for the International Olympic Committee’s decision to deny holding a moment of silence to honor the memory of the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches murdered 40 years ago at the Munich Games, it was thrilling to watch Alexandra (Aly) Raisman, the Jewish teenage gymnast on the U.S. team, perform this week to “Hava Nagila,” the traditional Jewish song of joy, at the London Games.

IOC Allows Tribute For London 7/7 Victims After Nixing Munich Moment

07/30/2012 - 20:00

While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to hold a moment of silence during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics in honor of the 11 Israeli team members killed by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Munich Olympics, the IOC did include a tribute for victims of the 2005 London subway bombing.

Local Pols Honor Israeli Olympic Athletes

The International Olympic Committee is still steadfastly refusing to give into pressure -- from sources as high as the White House -- to honor the 11 slain Israeli athletes of the 1972 Munich Olympics during the games. (A small pre-games ceremony was held Monday.)

The athletes.

Remembering Israel’s ‘Hero’ Olympians

07/23/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘Do me a favor,” Zaq Harrison told the 80 teenage boys gathered around him last Friday morning in Baltimore while reaching into his oversized tote bag. “Say these names out loud with me.”

Zaq Harrison is working to ensure that slain Israeli athletes like Mark Slavin are not forgotten. Hillel Kutler

Olympic Moment Of Shame

07/23/2012 - 20:00

It is a comfort to know that on the eve of the XXX Olympiad, which starts Friday night in London, the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes and coaches murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games will be recalled at memorial services here and around the world.

Obama Backs Olympic Moment Of Silence For Israeli Athletes

07/19/2012 - 20:00

President Obama joined the campaign for a moment of silence at the London Olympics to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympians at the 1972 Olympics.

“We absolutely support the campaign for a minute of silence at the Olympics to honor the Israeli athletes killed in Munich,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News in an email.

Munich Tragedy, Security Loom Over Olympics

London Jewish community, on high alert, to remember slain Israelis.
07/16/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Separated by 40 years and 569 miles, the shadow of Munich — and the bloody terrorism that took place in the Bavarian city in 1972 — falls over London this year.

On the eve of the 30th Olympic Games, increased concerns about security, about a commemoration for the 11 Israelis who were murdered in 1972 at the Summer Olympics in Munich, and about athletes who may refuse to compete against Israelis (all a legacy of the 1972 Games) mark an increasingly politicized Olympic movement.

British security personnel patrol an Olympic site in London. Israeli Olympic team, inset, after terror attack at Munich Games.
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