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?
Olympic athlete David Berger was a pacifist, and one of his best friends in Israel was a weightlifter of Arab descent. According to David’s father, it bothered David when he believed that his friend was left off the Israeli weightlifting team because of his race.