Fathers, Sons, Brothers and Athletes - Make the Memory of the Men of Munich 11 TIMELESS.
The Olympics are soon upon us, and people throughout the world are demonstrating their belief in importance of a Minute of Silence at the opening ceremony in commoration of the massacre of 11 Israeli Athletes at the 1972 Olympic Summer Games in Munich, Germany.
We join all the organizations, communities, families in working towards this important recognition to mark 40 years since the murder of these Jewish Men.
"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,”
Send us your memories, images, comments, artwork, videos - any personal expression that reflects the meaning of the Munich 11 Massacre and its legacy for the world.
Help teach the world why the world should learn and remember, and why it is important that the memory of these young men should be protected and understood.
We hope to gather your contributions into a memorial piece to be published for the world to mark September 5 in their honor every year. The events, and most importantly the men whose lives were destroyed that day, will forever be connected to this event in history. Together we can help the world see that this is not about politics or religion. This is about the protection of human life and understanding situations when it is compromised by hate and terrorism.
YOU can be a part of making this event in Israel's history last FOREVER by demonstrating that the memory is not for Israel alone to protect. Share this piece with your friends and family, sign and share the petition to the International Olympic Committee so that they will see we will not give up. And then share with us.
Let this Father's Day 2012 be special for you because you shared this day with 11 Israeli men who were deprived of their chance to celebrate it with their families.
Our connections to Israel should incorporate our understanding and respect of the people who live in the land, of how they came to arrive there. These Olympic athletes embody the spirit of Israel and the dreams of success that they cultivate, that they achieve in the name of the land, and in turn, in the name of Jewish people everywhere. We collectively take pride in the accomplishments of our fellow Jews around the world and of Israel.
This is our chance to express how we can take history and make it PERSONAL - for the sake of Israel, for the sake of the Jewish people, for the sake of the Olympic tradition.
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)