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Ceremony held to remember 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympics tragedy

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A special memorial event, "Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Munich Olympics Tragedy: Remembering David Berger" was held Sunday morning at Mandel JCC's Stonehill Auditorium.

In 1972, the Olympics were held in Germany for the first time since 1936. On September 5, 1972, with six days left in the Games, the worst tragedy in Olympic history occurred when 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered.

David Berger, an American/Israeli citizen who was a graduate of Shaker Heights High School and a member of the Israeli weightlifting team, was one of the victims.

The 40th year anniversary has taken on added significance in light of the recent London Olympics.

As has been the case for 40 years, and despite national and international appeals, the IOC stubbornly refused to allow one moment of silence at the opening ceremony to honor the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who were killed. Fittingly, The J and BBYO's program concluded with a moment of silence.

The event was co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Board of Rabbis.

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