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23-September-2016
23-September-2016

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The monument honours the 11 Israeli athletes and officials who lost their lives during the Games of the XX Olympiad at Munich in 1972.

On September 5th, Black September, a Palestinian terrorist group, scaled a two-metre fence surrounding the athletes` village, found the second-floor accommodation of the Israeli team and shot a wrestling coach, Moshe Weinberg. Weightlifter Yosef Romano was also killed as he blockaded a door while two of his mates jumped through a window to safety. Ten other athletes were taken hostage, with only one, Gad Tsabari, dashing through a hail of bullets to freedom. As volleyballers from Russia and Poland continued their Olympic competition, the terrorists demanded the release of 200 Palestinians and safe passage out of the country. But when the terrorists and their nine remaining hostages were on the tarmac at a nearby military airport, West German police opened fire. In the shootout all hostages were killed as well as four Arabs and one policeman.

Note: The inscription on the monument lists the date at the 26th September 1972.

Location

Address:50 Browns Road, Melbourne Chevra Kadisha Springvale Cemetery, Noble Park North, 3174
State:VIC
Area:Foreign
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.945607
Long: 145.187837
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Terrorism

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 4th October, 2000
Front Inscription

      DEDICATED BY
THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND OF AUSTRALIA
IN MEMORY OF THE ELEVEN ISRAELI ATHLETES
MURDERED AT THE MUNICH OLYMPIC GAMES
26TH SEPTEMBER (sic), 1972 (26 ELUL, 5732):

                 (Names)
UNVEILED ON THE 4TH OCTOBER, 2000 (5 TISHREI, 5761)
BY THE ISRAELI MINISTER FOR
CULTURE, SCIENCE AND SPORT
MATAN VILNAI, MK
IN THE PRESENCE OF
HIS EXCELLENCY, GABY LEVY, AMBASSADOR OF ISRAEL
"Swifter than eagles and braver than lions ..."
                                                           11 SAM.1,23

The Tree of Life
is our Jewish continuity
From our ashes grows our commitment
ensuring our future
Family Goldschlager    One tree in a forest


 

Source: MA
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