Scholar and Athlete
Who Was David Berger?
During his education endeavors he continued to train and compete in weightlifting events. His father, Benjamin, was once quoted as saying, "I used to tell him, 'You may not be the best weightlifter in the world, but you're certainly the smartest!'"
In the early 1970s David emigrated to Israel, where he met and become engaged to an Israeli student. Continuing his weightlifting competitions, he won a silver medal at the 1971 Asian Games, and made the 1972 Israeli Olympic team. In late August of that year, he flew to Munich with his teammates. On September 2, 1972, David competed, but was eliminated in an early round. He was killed during a hostage taking of Israeli athletes at the Olympic games in Munich.
Did You Know?
In addition to the David Berger Memorial near Cleveland, other memorials in remembrance of David and his fellow athletes killed in Munich exist at the former Olympic Village in Munich, at the military airport, Furstenfeldbruck, where Berger and others died, and at a school in Syndey, Australia.