The square is dedicated to the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered at the Munich Olympics.
The square was photographed that day Click for a larger image Click for a larger image
The memory sign on the side of the sign reads:
In memory of the eleventh
Who fell in the Olympic Games
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The monument donated
Israel Olympic Committee
THE KREITMAN FOUNDATION Click for a larger image
In front of the sign is another sign that says: THE YOD ALEF MUNICH VICTIMS
ON SEPTEMBER 5. 1972. ELEVEN ISRAELI SPORTSMEN, COACHES AND REFEREES WERE MURDERED BY ARAB TERRORISTS DURING THE OLIMPIC GAMES IN MUNICH.
THE SPORTSMEN INCLUDED WRESTLERS. WEIGHT-LIFTERS, ATHLETES AND FENCERS - THE FINEST OF ISRAELI SPORTSMEN.
THEY REPRESENTED THEIR COUNTRY IN MANY INTERNATIONAL AREAS, ATTAINED OUTSTANDING PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS, EARNING RESPECT FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL. BLESSED BE THEIR MEMORY
DAVID BERGER / JOSEPH GUTFREUND / MOSHE WEINBERG / ELIEZER HALFIN / MARK SALVIN / ZEEV FRIEDMAN / JOSEF ROMANO / KEHAT SHOR / ANDRE SPITZER / AMITZUR SHAPIRA / JACOB SZPRİNGER Click for a larger image
In the center of the square is a sculpture by artist Eli Ilan Click for sign's details
Around the statue are a semi-circle commemorating signs for the murdered athletes Click for a larger image
The following are the commemorative signs: Click for a larger image
A sign describing the event that reads:
The Olympic Games logo / Tel Aviv municipality brand logo / Israeli Olympic committee logo
On September 5th, 1972, around 4.30 in the morning, eight Palestinian terrorists, members of the "Black September" organization, forcefully entered the building, which housed the Israeli delegation in the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany. During the attack, two members of the delegation were brutally murdered and nine sportsmen were taken hostage.
Tied together and under the threat of the terrorists, who were armed with automatic weapons and hand-grenades, the athletes were held hostage for almost 20 hours in the Olympic Village. After a whole day of extremely tense and nerve-wrecking negotiations, the Palestinian terrorists demanded to be flown to an Arab country, together with their Israeli hostages.
In the evening, around 10.30, the sportsmen and their captors were driven to a corner of the Olympic Village, where 2 helicopters were waiting. From there they were flown to the airport Fuerstenfeldbruck, near Munich. The attempts of the German security-forces to rescue the Israeli hostages at the airport utterly failed. Their incompetence resulted in the murder of the 9 Israeli hostages by the terrorists.
The dream of the 11 Israeli sportsmen was to participate in the Olympic Games, symbol of brotherhood, friendship and peace. But brutal terror shattered their dream during the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, in 1972.
Even since the tragedy, the Olympic Committee of Israel has made it their motto to continue the legacy of the 11 victims.
Past, present and future generations of Israeli athletes have pledged to remember, remind and never to forget. Click for a larger image
יעקב שפרינגר - שופט היאבקות / Yaacov Springer - Werstling Referee Click for a larger image
עמיצור שפירא - מאמן אתלטיקה / Amitzur Shapira - Track Coach Click for a larger image
אנדריי שפיצר - מאמן סייף / Andrei Spitzer - Fencing Coach Click for a larger image
קהת שור - מאמן קליעה / Kehat Schor - Shooting Coach Click for a larger image
יוסף רומנו - מרים משקולות / Yosef Romano - Weightlifter Click for a larger image
זאב פרידמן - מרים משקולות / Zeev Friedman - Weightlifter Click for a larger image
מרק סלבין - מתאבק / Mark Slavin - Wrestler Click for a larger image
אליעזר חלפין - מתאבק / Eliezer Halfin - Wrestler Click for a larger image
משה ויינברג - מאמן היאבקות / Moshe Weinberg - Wrestling Coach Click for a larger image
יוסף גוטפרוינד - שופט היאבקות / Yosef Gutfreund - Werstling Referee Click for a larger image
דוד ברגר - מרים משקולות / David Berger - Weightlifter Click for a larger image
Sign in Hebrew (The first sign in the series is the corresponding sign in English) Translation of the text on the sign
The eleventh square