2012—AJC applauds the efforts of several leading German parliamentarians who
called for a
minute of silence at the July 27 opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
At the 1972
Olympic Games in Munich, 11 members of the Israeli team were murdered by
Despite pleas by the families of the victims and others, the International
repeatedly refused to acknowledge this tragedy in an opening ceremony.
years after the tragic events that cost the lives of eleven Israelis and a
German policeman, [a
silence] would be a sign that the Olympic Games strengthen the spirit of peace
amongst nations. The entire Olympic movement should unite in this spirit in a
said Philipp Mißfelder, member of the Christian Democratic Union and Foreign
and Jerzy Montag, both Members of Parliament from the Green Party, wrote
the hopes for peaceful and joyful games, the ruthless attacks at the Olympic
Games in Munich
be remembered as one of the most devastating events in sport history. No amends
made, yet the
memory of this assault on Olympic values should be kept alive through
Montag, Chairman of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Group, further urged an
preparation, execution and fallout from the attack on the Israel athletic team
in 1972, as well as
support to share the results of this inquiry with the German public.
this growing German support for a moment of silence, which also, importantly,
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. He expressed his position in a statement
others throughout Europe will follow the lead of the German government and
in appealing for a moment of silence to commemorate the slain Israeli athletes
said Deidre Berger, director of AJC Berlin.
Date: 7/6/2012 12:00:00 AM