Thoughts On the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Munich Massacre

Anniversaries are a funny thing. Whether they are happy or sad, they dredge up memories of what was.

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the Munich massacre. 11 Israeli athletes were held hostage and murdered simply because they were Jews.

It took half a century for the Olympic committee to publicly recognize and remember those who were killed during the games. During this year’s games in Tokyo, a moment of silence commemorated those whose lives were taken.

The German government, led by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, apologized for the inaction that led to the slaughter.

“In the name of the Federal Republic of Germany, I ask for forgiveness for insufficient protection of the athletes” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

While I appreciate the apology and the memorial to the victims, it’s not enough. What we need to do is to educate ourselves about the lies of antisemitism and shut down those who would make stories about the Jews and Israel for personal/political aims.

May their memories be a blessing. Z”l.

Munich Massacre-Never Again

Today is the 42nd anniversary of the massacre of members of the Israeli Olympic team.

Thirty years after the murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators, 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were captured and murdered.

After 1945, Never Again became catchphrase against those who would murder their neighbors simply because they are of the Jewish faith.

We must continue to say Never Again, until it becomes reality.

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