A moment of silence was held in Rio
Aug 5, 2016 — On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the International Olympic Committee held a memorial service in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro in honor of the Munich 11, the Israeli athletes murdered by terrorists at the 1972 summer Olympic Games in Munich. The service included reading the Israelis’ names and a minute of silence in their honor. The memorial sculpture will be relocated to the Tokyo Olympic Village for the 2020 games,
and a service for the Israelis will be held each Olympics going forward.
You made this happen! The collective power of your signatures pressured the IOC to reckon with their intransigence in honoring these Israeli athletes, who came to the Olympics to compete and left in coffins.
The surviving family members, including Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano, widows who have been lobbying for the IOC to do the right thing for more than four decades, are very pleased with the way their loved ones were honored. While it wasn’t the minute of silence at the opening ceremony, they consider it a victory.
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Ankie Spitzer, Ilana Romano, & Jewish Community Center Rockland County
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