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

The memorial sculpture depicts broken Olympic rings.

David Berger Memorial Sculpture

The sculpture depicts the five Olympic rings broken in half, symbolizing the interruption and cancellation of the Munich games.

David Berger was a weightlifter.

David Berger: Scholar and Athlete

David Mark Berger was born in Shaker Hts, Ohio. He attended Tulane University from 1962-1966 where he was a weightlifter and honor student.

Israeli flags were draped over the coffins being returned to loved ones for burial.

Tragedy in Munich

"Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They've now said that there were 11 hostages…they're all gone." (ABC Commentator Jim McKay.

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Mailing Address:

c/o Cuyahoga Valley National Park
15610 Vaughn Road

Brecksville, OH 44141


(330) 657-2752
General phone inquiries regarding David Berger National Memorial are answered by ranger staff at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If you have specific questions about access to the passport stamp held at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, call the center at 216-831-0700.

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