David Berger

Quick Facts

An American citizen, David Berger was one of 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.
Place of Birth:
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Date of Birth:
May 24, 1944
Place of Death:
Munich, Germany
Date of Death:
September 6, 1972
Place of Burial:
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Cemetery Name:
Mayfield Cemetary

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. While at Tulane, he won the NCAA weightlifting title and earned a Bachelor's in Psychology degree. Continuing his educational pursuits, David earned a Master of Business Administration degree and a Doctor of Laws degree from Columbia University.

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.

Last updated: March 12, 2018