Israel at the 1972 Summer Olympics
|Israel at the
1972 Summer Olympics
|NOC||Olympic Committee of Israel|
|Competitors||15 in 7 sports|
|Flag bearer||Henry Herscovici|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
Israel competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, which began on August 26. 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 on September 7.
Shaul Ladany, a Holocaust survivor, competed in the 50-kilometer walk. He had been imprisoned in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as a child, and 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 in Bergen-Belsen". He survived the Munich massacre by jumping off a balcony.
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
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- Official Report, p.56
- Official Report, p.65
- Official Report, pp.247–250
- Official Report, p.506
- Official Report, p.229
- Official Report, p.231
- 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.
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