Daily Israel Report

Video: '40 Years of Silence on Munich Massacre Long Enough'

Families of Israeli athletes murdered at 1972 Olympics beseech International Olympic Committee to hold minute of silence.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 4/24/2012, 10:47 AM

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On behalf of the families of the eleven Israeli athletes who were murdered at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Ankie Spitzer, the widow of Andre Spitzer, once again beseeches the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold one minute of silence to officially remember the victims of the brutal attack.

After forty years, the IOC has yet to heed the families’ requests.

“On behalf of all the families, I have asked the International Olympic Committee for almost 40 years for a minute of silence in their memory,” says Ankie Spitzer in a video imploring the public to sign a petition on behalf of her cause.

“A minute of silence for these men who went to the Munich Olympics in peace, friendship, and sportsmanship and who lost their lives. The International Olympic Committee has repeatedly said ‘No.'

“This year marks 40 years of disappointment. We are asking them, again, for one minute of silence at the 2012 Olympic Games, in London. Two years ago the JCC of Rockland in New York made it their mission to initiate a petition for this cause and for their 2012 junior Olympic Maccabi Games to honor the Munich 11.

“Please for Andre, for the other men and their families, join us. If you forget history, you are bound to repeat it.

“One minute for the Munich 11 victims to show the world that the doctrine of the Olympic spirit to build a peaceful and better world, which requires mutual understanding with the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play, is much more powerful than politics.

“Please sign this petition for a minute of silence in memory of the Munich 11. Forty years has been long enough to wait.”