New York, NY, September 4, 2015 … On the 43rd anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) commemorates those who tragically lost their lives to this act of terror, and honors the families of the slain athletes for their commitment preserving the memory of those who were murdered.
“We remember one of the darkest days in modern Olympic history and commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the tragic murder of the eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team at the hands of Palestinian terrorists,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL National Director. “We also honor the steadfast commitment of the families of the slain athletes who have valiantly sought to have the memory of their loved ones forever preserved by the International Olympic Committee. On this somber occasion, the families’ vision of a lasting memorial to their loved ones is closer to being realized.”
Mr. Greenblatt added, “There will finally be both a sense of closure for the families and a fitting monument to the tragic memory of this monstrous act of terrorism.”
In Fall 2016, a permanent memorial to the 1972 Israeli Olympic athletes will be unveiled in Munich. Later this year, a documentary short produced by The Foundation for Global Sports Development titled, “Munich 1972 & Beyond,” will be released. The film will explore the attack on Israeli athletes in the context of the new memorial under construction in Munich.