The Olympic Massacre: Why no moment of silence?

The Olympic Massacre: Why no moment of silence?

What the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has not done again! It’s totally outrageous.

Due to the nature of my wife’s and my family’s history in the Holocaust 1933-1945 it is my duty to speak out against the continued silence of the IOC. It is about my personal outrage regarding the Munich Massacre of 1972.  To briefly summarize, those dark days of the 1972 Olympics were held in Munich, Bavaria in southwestern West Germany.

At that time an international audience watched on TV members of Black September (Palestinian terrorists) kill eleven (11)  Israeli athletes and coaches because they were Israeli. And for that reason only.  You can read for yourself the commentary about those horrific days on the internet. What happened following the massacre was the IOC’s unwillingness to mention that the Israeli members of the Olympic games were murdered. A moment of silence was never offered to the audience other than "members of the Olympic contestants were murdered" but they did not stop the games or offer a moment of silence in their memory.

The mistakes made by Olympic security and the Western Germany government exacerbated the onslaught and eventually the massacre due to its lack of foresight and training. I fully realize this article will get its share of anti-combative persons and pro combative persons. Each has their right to their own outlook and perspective on the issue.

The Olympic outrage has, to the best of my knowledge, once again been ignored by any newspaper and perhaps forgotten. As a grandchild of Holocaust martyrs it is my obligation to those millions of souls to stay with and keep up with modern forms of Anti-Israeli events.  Therefore, I subscribe to the Simon Wiesenthal Center online newsletter and also support  the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. Recently On July 27, 2012 at the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Simon Wiesenthal Center founder and dean and associate dean, attended a memorial service led by Israeli Consul, General David Siegel. This was also attended by community leaders and the widow (Mimi) and son (Guri) of Moshe Weinberg, the Israeli wrestler killed in Munich.

An IOC official claimed a moment of silence would also have to remember the Palestinians who died there. The response of a widow of an Israeli athlete murdered at the Munich Games was “Are you equating the murder of my husband to the terrorists that killed him?”

However in fairness to the Western Germany government, monuments and plaques have been placed around the former site of the Olympic Village where the athletes were housed. I love the Olympic games. It gives us all pride to see the American flag on display and the Star Spangled Banner sung with the awarding of a gold medal.  It’s a shame that international politics has entered the games.

The Munich massacre does not light up the corners of my eyes. It darkens them.

      Memorials gallery

Memorial plaque in front of the Israeli athletes' quarters. The inscription, in German and Hebrew, translates as:"The team of the State of Israel stayed in this building during the 20th Olympic Summer Games from 21 August to 5 September 1972. On 5 September, [list of victims] died a violent death. Honor to their memory."

    • Memorial panel for the victims of the attack on the site of the Munich Olympic Park
    • Memorial for the dead athletes in front of the airport in Fürstenfeldbruck. The names of the victims are engraved.

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