Mark Slavin

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Mark Slavin
מרק סלבין
Pronunciation/mɑɹk; ˈslɑː.vən/
Марк Яковлевич Славин

(1954-01-31)31 January 1954
Died6 September 1972(1972-09-06) (aged 18)
Cause of deathShooting
Burial placeKiryat Shaul Cemetery in Tel Aviv
Nationality Israel
CitizenshipIsrael, USSR
EducationShefayim Ulpam, Institute of Physical Education
OccupationGreco-Roman Wrestler
Years active1971–1972
Known forBeing hostage in the Munich Massacre
  • Yakov Slavin (father)
Plaque in front of the Israeli athletes' quarters commemorating the victims of the Munich massacre.

Mark Slavin (Hebrew: מרק סלבין, Russian: Марк Славин; 31 January 1954 – 6 September 1972) was an Israeli Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler and victim of the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

He was the youngest of the victims at the age of 18. He was taken hostage with eight other Israeli athletes. Slavin was shot by machine gun fire in a helicopter during a botched rescue attempt.

Slavin was born in Minsk, Belarus SSR, and had taken up wrestling as a youth to defend himself against anti-Semitic attacks.[1] Slavin soon became noted as a talented wrestler, and won the Soviet Greco-Roman wrestling middleweight junior championship in 1971.[2] Slavin had moved to Israel just four months before the Olympic games[2] and he joined Hapoel Tel Aviv and the Israeli Olympic Team. The 1972 Olympics was due to be his first international competition for Israel, and Slavin had been considered Israel's most likely medal winner at the Munich games.[1] He was the youngest Israeli Olympian competing at the games.[3]

Slavin had been staying in Unit 3 at 31 Connollystraße in the Olympic Village, with fellow wrestlers Gad Tsobari and Eliezer Halfin, and weightlifters David Berger, Yossef Romano and Ze'ev Friedman.[1] Slavin had been due to make his Olympic debut on the day heavily armed Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village and captured him while the Olympic athletes were still asleep.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Paul Taylor (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics : with a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medallists. Sussex Academic Press. pp. 160–. ISBN 978-1-903900-87-1.
  2. ^ a b Simon Reeve (2000). One Day in September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli Revenge Operation "Wrath of God". Arcade Publishing. pp. 102–. ISBN 978-1-55970-547-9.
  3. ^ David Clay Large (2012). Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 204–. ISBN 978-0-7425-6739-9.

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