(Munich 11 website)In 1972, Israeli Olympic wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg was the first person to encounter Palestinian terrorists who invaded the Olympic Village in Munich. He fought with them as they broke into his apartment, and he was shot in the cheek.
When they asked him where the other Israeli athletes were, Weinberg led them past apartment two, which housed fencers and track athletes, and brought them to apartment three, which housed wrestlers and weightlifters. After being shot, Weinberg had the presence of mind to save the smaller athletes, and have the bigger, stronger ones take on the terrorists.
Weinberg's brand of heroism should be celebrated by the International Olympic Committee. Instead, it ignored the 40th anniversary of the Munich Massacre during Friday's Opening Ceremony. Guri Weinberg, Moshe's son, spoke to the Wiesenthal Center about the omission of a moment of silence from the IOC.
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"It's nothing more than racism and anti-Semitism. They had a memorial for the bombing in England, which is, I think, a wonderful thing. Every terrorist attack should be remembered, and we should all be against terrorism," Weinberg said.Read More »from Son of Munich Massacre victim speaks out on the IOC’s Opening Ceremony omission