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The Munich Memorial honours the 11 Israeli athletes and officials who lost their lives during the Games of the XX Olympiad at Munich in 1972. The Munich Memorial is the first permanent Olympic dedication to the 5 September tragedy. The memorial was unveiled by Munich Olympic Games’ swimming star Shane Gould.

On that nightmarish day, 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.


Address:Olympic Boulevard, Light Tower 14, Sydney Olympic Park, 2127
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.846613
Long: 151.065446
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:05-September-1972
Actual Event End Date:05-September-1972


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 15th October, 1999
Front Inscription
“They were swifter than eagles and stronger than lions” Samuel 2:1–23 

(Hebrew text translation)

God of compassion, let them find shelter in the shadow of your wings and may their souls be bound up in the bond of everlasting life.
Source: MA
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