Munich Olympics 40 years

Erection date: 25/7/2012


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This plaque commemorates the 40th anniversary of the murder by terrorists of 11 Israeli athletes at the 20th Olympiad in Munich in September 1972. They came to pay homage to the Games but paid with their lives. Never again.
David Berger - weight-lifter
Ze'ev Friedman - weight-lifter
Yosef Gutfreund - wrestling referee
Eliezer Halfin - wrestler
Yosef Romano - weight-lifter
Amizur Shapira - athletics coach
Kehat Shorr - marksman coach
Mark Slavin - wrestler
Andre Spitzer - fencing coach
Yaakov Springer - weight-lifting coach
Moshe Weinberger - wrestling coach

Unveiled by Eric Pickles MP (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government);The Mayor of London Boris Johnson;Ben Helfgott (British Olympian 1956 and 1960 Games); and Mr Efraim Zinger (Chair, Israel Olympic Committee), in the presence of Members of both Houses of Parliament and many local, national and international dignitaries, at the the London Olympics, July 2012.

"He makes my feet like the feet of an antelope and I am able to stand on the heights" (Psalms 18:34)

Initiated by Cllr Linda Kelly and Martin Sugarman and donated by an anonymous benefactor and the Reuben Foundation. 

The Hackney Gazette give the unveiling date as 25th but we believe Boris Johnson unveiled the free-standing plaque on the 23rd, and that it was erected on the building on the 25th. The creation of this memorial was a sensitive topic as indicated by this news item in Ynetnews.

Site: Munich Olympics 40 years (1 memorial)

E8, Richmond Road, 205, Arthaus

This recently refurbished building, mainly residential, is known as Arthaus.  It is owned by an Israeli developer, Assaf Laznik, who also owns the gallery on the ground floor.   Apart from the Israeli connection there seems little reason why this plaque is on this particular building.  All we can find is a quote from Sugarman: "We wanted it as near to the Olympic village as possible."    Richard Millett's Blog carries a full report of the unveiling.

2013: just to the left of our picture a wonderful shop/cafe opened on new premises: Unpackaged.  Take your own bags and come away with great food and the satisfaction of having done the right thing by the planet. (We should declare an interest -we're good friends.)

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murder of 11 Israeli athletes at Munich Olympics

Early on the morning of 5th September 1972 eight members of Black September, ...

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David Berger

Weightlifter. Born David Mark Berger in Cleveland, Ohio. He emigrated to Isra...

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Ze'ev Friedman

Weightlifter. Born in either Prokopyevsk, Russia or Poland, he moved to Israe...

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Yosef Gutfreund

Wrestling coach. Born Yosef (or Yossef) Gutfreund in Romania. He was part of ...

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Eliezer Halfin

Wrestler. Born in Riga, Latvia. He was a mechanic and was a lightweight wrest...

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Reuben Foundation

Their website: "Contributing to the Advancement of Healthcare & Education...

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Ben Helfgott

Holocaust survivor and British Olympian (1956 and 1960) who knew the murdered...

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Boris Johnson

Elected Mayor of London in 2008.  Born in New York City, but his family retur...

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Cllr Linda Kelly

Past speaker of Hackney and co-chair of the Britain and Israel Olympic Plaque...

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Eric Pickles

 MP and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

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