THE CHIEF RABBI OF GREAT BRITAIN, LORD SACKS COMPOSED THE FOLLOWING PRAYER TO MEMORALIZE THE ISRAELI ATHLETES MASSACRED AT THE 1972 MUNICH OLYMPICS:
Almighty God, We, the members of this holy congregation,
Together with members of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth,
Join our prayers to the prayers of others throughout the world,
In remembrance of the eleven Israeli athletes
Brutally murdered in an act of terrorism,
At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich,
Because they were Israelis,
Because they were Jews.
At this time in the Jewish year,
When we remember the destruction of our holy Temples,
And the many tragedies that have befallen our people throughout history,
And continue to protest against those who hate our people.
We pray to You, O God:
Comfort the families and friends of the Israeli athletes who continue to grieve
And grant eternal life to those so cruelly robbed of life on earth.
Just as we are united in grief, Help us stay united in hope.
As we comfort one another under the shadow of death,
Help us strengthen one another in honouring life.
The Olympic message is one of peace, of harmony and of unity,
Teach us, Almighty God, to bring reconciliation and respect between faiths,
As we pray for the peace of Israel,
And for the peace of the world.
May this be Your will and let us say: Amen
List of fatalities:
Shot during the initial break-in:
Moshe Weinberg (wrestling coach) and
Yossef Romano (weightlifter)
Shot and killed by grenade in helicopter D-HAQO (According to the order in which they were seated, from left to right)
Ze'ev Friedman (weightlifter)
David Berger (weightlifter)
Yakov Springer (weightlifting judge)
Eliezer Halfin (wrestler)
Shot in helicopter D-HAQU
According to the order in which they were seated, from left to right:
Yossef Gutfreund (wrestling referee)
Kehat Shorr (shooting coach)
Mark Slavin (wrestler)
Andre Spitzer (fencing coach)