Memorial commemorating the victims of the Munich 1972 attack opened

06 Sep 2017
IOC News Munich 1972

Ankie Spitzer had tears in her eyes when she returned today to the Olympic Park in Munich. The long-awaited memorial was inaugurated today. Her husband Andre, a fencing coach, was killed 45 years ago in the terror attack against the Olympic values that took the lives of 12 people.

She was not alone today. She came with the other family members from Israel and the family of the German police officer who lost their loved ones during the Olympic Games 1972.

“You are not alone today in your grief,” said German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier during the ceremony before his counterpart, the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin.

IOC President Thomas Bach acknowledged: “I know that no ceremony and no memorial can fill the void left by those whose lives were taken so violently, but I hope that the memorial will be a symbol of our shared grief, a tool of education for the current and for future generations, and a demonstration of our determination to defend the Olympic values of peace and tolerance.”

The International Olympic Committee contributed financially to this memorial.

Full speech of the IOC President Thomas Bach.

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