Israel at the 1972 Summer Olympics
|Israel at the Olympic Games|
|At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich|
|Competitors||15 in 7 sports|
|Flag bearer||Henry Herscovici|
|Olympic history (summary)|
Shaul Ladany returned to compete in the 50-kilometer walk. He had been imprisoned in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as a child, and said he wanted to show the Germans that a Jew had survived, and he wore a Star of David on his warm-up jersey. When he was congratulated by locals on his fluent German, he responded: "I learned it well when I spent a year at Bergen Belsen". Asked about competing in Germany, the Holocaust survivor said: "I don't say I have to hate Germans. Of course not the younger generation, but I have no special sympathy for the older generation who have been accused of what happened in the Nazi period."
On September 5 and 6, in the Munich Massacre, 11 members of the Israeli delegation—5 athletes, 2 referees, and 4 coaches (names bolded on this page)—were taken hostage by PLO terrorists and murdered. The remainder of the team left Munich the day after the conclusion of the horrific event (Sep. 7).
The following nominated referees and judges were in the delegation:
Coaches and officials
The following coaches and officials were in the delegation:
- Shmuel Lalkin — Chef De Mission
- Micha Shamban — presumably deputy of Chef De Mission
- Eliyahu Friedlender - sailing team manager
- Amitzur Shapira — athletics coach
- Kehat Shorr — shooting coach
- Tuvia Sokolovsky — weightlifting coach
- Andre Spitzer — fencing coach
- Moshe Weinberg — wrestling coach
- Itzhac Aldubi - chairman of ASA (Academic Sport Association)
- Werner Nachmann
- Duel Parrack
- Josef Szwec
- Kurt Weigl
- "Shaul Ladany Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- "Ladany, Shaul". Jewsinsports.org. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- "Belsen Survivor Escapes Death Again". The Miami News. September 6, 1972. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- Owen, John (July 24, 2008). "Olympics Flashback: 1972: Terror and turmoil". seattlepi.com. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- Stan Isaacs (2008). Ten Moments That Shook the Sports World: One Sportswriter's Eyewitness Accounts of the Most Incredible Sporting Events of the Past Fifty Years. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- Joe Henderson (2011). Going Far. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- Official Report, p.56
- Official Report, p.65
- Official Report, pp.247–250
- Official Report, p.506
- Official Report, p.229
- Official Report, p.344
- Official Report, pp.166–7
- Official Report, pp.164–5
- Official Report, p.131
- Official Report, p.135
- Official Report, p.537
- Official Report, p.534
- Binder, David (1972-09-06). "9 Israelis on Olympic Team Killed with 4 Arab Captors as Police Fight Band that Disrupted Munich Games". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
- The official report of the Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXth Olympiad Munich 1972. Volume 3 The competitions.
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