• Petitioned International Olympic Committee

This petition was delivered to:

International Olympic Committee
International Olympic Committee
Jacques Rogge
International Olympic Committee
Vizepräsident des Internationalen Olympischen Komitees (IOC)
Dr. Thomas Bach
International Olympic Committee
Anita Defrantz

Minute of Silence at the 2012 London Olympics.

    1. Ankie  Spitzer, Ilana Romano and JCC Rockland
    2. Petition by

      Ankie Spitzer, Ilana Romano and JCC Rockland

      New City, NY

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.

I am the wife of Andrei Spitzer. My husband was killed at those Olympic Games in 1972.

I am asking for 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 Game, 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. We have requested a minute of silence during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics starting with the ’76 Montreal Games. 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.

We are asking again to be heard in time for the 2012 London Summer Olympics. In 2010 JCC Rockland, New York contacted me and offered their help and made it their mission for their 2012 JCC Maccabi Games to honor the Munich 11 through multiple events as well as spearheading this petition.

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.

I have no political or religious agenda. Just the hope that my husband and the other men who went to the Olympics in peace, friendship and sportsmanship are given what they deserve. One minute of silence will clearly say to the world that what happened in 1972 can never happen again. Please do not let history repeat itself.
For my husband Andrei and the others killed, we must remember the doctrine of the Olympic Spirit, “to build a peaceful and better world which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play,"  is more powerful than politics.

40 years is long enough to wait.

Go to www.munich11.org to learn more about how the JCC Rockland, in New York took up our fight to remedy injustice with the support & gratitude of the families of the Munich 11 and to learn the history of a day we should never forget.

Thank you,  Ankie Spitzer and JCC Rockland.


Recent signatures


    1. August 7, 2012

      Inside the Games

    2. August 7, 2012

      Ankie Spitzer receives a standing ovation

    3. August 7, 2012

      40th Anniversary Memorial

    4. JTA

      August 6, 2012

    5. JPost

      July 30, 2012

    6. From Catholic University of America students huge supporters of the Minute

      First Day in Tel Aviv

      Shalom from the Holy Land! We have finally arrived in Tel Aviv after two days of very intensive traveling. Our first day was more than eventful. We had the opportunity to visit with Shlomit Nir-Toor, one of the survivors of the Munich attack and a former Israeli Olympic swimmer. She surpassed our expectations, welcoming us with open arms to the Israeli culture.

      We began the day with a visit to Wingate Institute in Netanya, and had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Moran Betzer- Tayar, the director of the Academy for Sport Excellence. There, we were exposed to the dedication and the love for sports of many Israelis, especially that of the youth. Throughout our tour of the campus it became more evident that sports fuel the youth, providing motivation, discipline and overall enjoyment. As we reached the end of the tour we came across the memorial site for the Munich 11, located in the middle of campus, further reminding the community and anyone who visits that the

    7. The Windsor Star

      LONDON — There was no room, again. There was so much, again, and yet there was no room. This was the ninth opening ceremony since 1972, and every time the International Olympic Committee has managed to pretend nothing happened, while the whole world watches. Not the time, they say. Not appropriate.

      These reasons are indefensible, too. For all their vast corporate excess, their transnational thievery, the elites at their core, the Games are supposed to be a symbol of peace, and of bringing the world together; Munich was the antithesis of that. Olympic athletes, killed at the Olympics, because of their nationality. What, in theory, could the Olympic movement more strongly oppose? What would be more monstrous than that?

    8. Fox News reporting on what Bob Costas said at Opening Ceremonies

      "Still, for many, tonight with the world watching is the true time and place to remember those who were lost and how and why they died," Costas said.

    9. Newsday

      Press Conference in New York Friday afternoon before Opening Ceremonies at the Israeli Consulate


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      The victims should never be forgotten and what the terrorists did should never be forgotten, either.

    • Robert Dowdall CALGARY AB, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      A Significant Request

    • L.Keith Smith RIDGEFIELD, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      This should be important to any human.

      • about 2 years ago

      A matter of respect to these people

      • about 2 years ago

      I support Israel because my Jesus was is a Jew & said 'To the Jew first'.


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