Honoring Those Who Died
This site honors the memory of David Berger, an American citizen who was one of 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. David had no expectations of winning a medal but joined the Israeli weightlifting team to realize his dream - a dream which ended tragically. The Memorial is dedicated to his memory and the memory of the ten other athletes.Read More
David Berger National Memorial Sculpture
The sculpture depicts the five Olympic rings broken in half, symbolizing the interruption and cancellation of the Munich games by the tragic events.Read More
David Berger—Scholar and Athlete
David Mark Berger was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He attended Tulane University from 1962 to 1966 where he was a weightlifter and honor student.Read More
Tragedy in Munich
"Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They've now said that there were 11 hostages…they're all gone." (ABC Olympic Commentator Jim McKay)Read More
Did You Know?
The David Berger Memorial's broken Olympic rings signify the disruption of the Munich games. Its eleven segments represent each athlete killed in the massacre. The ring are angled in a wave to emphasize, according to David’s father, that hope for progress should survive tragedy.