Dep. FM heads for Munich to memorialize ’72 Olympics massacre

November 9, 2015  

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) will head for Munich, Germany, on Tuesday to lay the cornerstone for a memorial room for the eleven Israeli athletes murdered there in the 1972 Olympic Games.

Ahead of the trip, Hotovely met Sunday morning with two of the widows of the athletes, Anka Spitzer and Ilana Romano, as well as Esther Roth-Shahamorov, who was a member of the Israeli delegation to the 1972 Olympics.

The widows spoke with Hotovely about their slain husbands and about the ongoing struggle to memorialize them and to reveal the entire truth about the murderous terror attack.

Eleven Israeli Olympic team members were taken hostage and eventually murdered, along with a German police officer, by the Black September Palestinian terror group during the 1972 Summer Olympics. German neo-Nazis gave the attackers logistical assistance.

Local police killed five of the eight Black September members during a failed rescue attempt. They captured the three survivors, but West Germany later released them following an airliner hijacking later that year. Mossad responded to the release with Operation “Spring of Youth” and Operation “Wrath of God”, tracking down and killing terrorists involved in the massacre.

The murdered athletes were:

Moshe Weinberg, wrestling coach

Yossef Romano, weightlifter

Ze’ev Friedman, weightlifter

David Berger, weightlifter

Yakov Springer, weightlifting judge

Eliezer Halfin, wrestler

Yossef Gutfreund, wrestling referee

Kehat Shorr, shooting coach

Mark Slavin, wrestler

Andre Spitzer, fencing coach

Amitzur Shapira, track coach

The fourth participant in the meeting with Hotovely, Esther Roth-Shahamorov, was the first Israeli athlete ever to reach the finals in any Olympic event, when in 1976 she finished 6th in the 100-meter hurdles.

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