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Widows of Israeli Athletes Murdered at Munich Games Get Olympic Memorial

Relatives of murdered Israeli athletes at memorial service at Lod Airport, 1972 (Photo: GPO/Eldan David)

In 1972, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by terrorists at the Munich Summer Games. Now, 44 years later, JNS reports that two of the widows attended a ceremony in Rio to mark the tragedy:

The widows of two of the 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics participated in a ceremony and minute of silence in the memory of the victims at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Village, where this year's summer Olympic Games will begin on Friday.

Anke Spitzer remembered her fencing coach husband Andre, while Ilana Romano remembered her husband and weightlifter Joseph Romano at the ceremony led by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.

"This is closure for us. This is incredibly important. We waited 44 years to have this remembrance and recognition for our loved ones who were so brutally killed in Munich," Spitzer told reporters.

"That they would be really accepted as members of the Olympic family. It is what we wanted because they were members of the Olympic family," she said...

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