The links that follow provide details of the Munich 11 History and the special events being organised by the JCLG to commemorate forty years since the tragedy took place.
Minute of Silence at the 2012 London Olympics
Tell the International Olympic Committee: 40 Years is Enough!
At the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, eleven members of the Israeli team were murdered. For forty years their families have asked the International Olympic Committee to observe a minute of silence, in their memory. Please help us by signing our petition.
All we are asking for is one minute of silence for the memory of the eleven Israeli athletes, coaches and referees murdered at the 1972 summer Olympics in Munich. Just one minute — at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and at every Olympic Games, to promote peace.
These men were sons; fathers; uncles; brothers; friends; teammates; athletes. They came to Munich in 1972 to play as athletes in the Olympics; they came in peace and went home in coffins, killed in the Olympic Village and during hostage negotiations.
The families of the Munich 11 have worked for four decades to obtain recognition of the Munich massacre from the International Olympic Committee. Repeatedly, these requests have been turned down. The 11 murdered athletes were members of the Olympic family; we feel they should be remembered within the framework of the Olympic Games.
Silence is a fitting tribute for athletes who lost their lives on the Olympic stage. Silence contains no statements, assumptions or beliefs and requires no understanding of language to interpret.
40 years is long enough to wait, so please go to our petition and sign it NOW and please ask your friends to do likewise.
A special prayer has been commissioned by the Office of the Chief Rabbi to commemorate the Munich 11, which will be read in synagogues across the UK on 28th July 2012. It reads as follows:
We, the members of this holy congregation,
Together with members of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth,
Join our prayers to the prayers of others throughout the world,
In remembrance of the eleven Israeli athletes
Brutally murdered in an act of terrorism,
At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich,
Because they were Israelis,
Because they were Jews.
At this time in the Jewish year,
When we remember the destructions of our holy Temples,
And the many tragedies that have befallen our people throughout history,
We mourn their loss
And continue to protest against those who hate our people.
We pray to You, O God:
Comfort the families and friends of the Israeli athletes who continue to grieve
And grant eternal life to those so cruelly robbed of life on earth.
Just as we are united in grief,
Help us stay united in hope.
As we comfort one another under the shadow of death,
Help us strengthen one another in honouring life.
The Olympic message is one of peace, of harmony and of unity,
Teach us, Almighty God, to bring reconciliation and respect between faiths,
As we pray for the peace of Israel,
And for the peace of the world.
May this be Your will and let us say: Amen
תומשנ תא רוכז םימלועה ןודא
דוד רגרב (David Berger)
דניורפטוג ףסוי (Yossef Gutfreund)
גרבנייו השמ (Moshe Weinberg)
ןיפלח רזעילא (Eliezer Halfin)
ןיבלס קרמ (Mark Slavin)
ונמור ףסוי (Yossef Romano)
רוש תהק (Kehat Shorr)
רציפש ירדנא (Andre Spitzer)
אריפש רוצימע (Amitzur Shapira)
רגנירפּש בקעי (Yakov Springer)
ןמדירפ באז (Ze’ev Friedman)
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