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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

The New York Post uses its Aug. 8, 2012 cover to shine a light on gold-medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman after she told reporters that she would have honored a moment of silence in memory of the Israeli athletes killed at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Raisman says she was for Munich 11 moment of silence

JTA REPORT August 8, 2012

Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman expressed her support for a moment of silence at the Olympics for the Israelis killed at the 1972 Munich Games. Raisman was speaking to reporters Tuesday following her gold medal performance in the floor exercise. “Having...

Munich 11 widows Elana Romano, second from left, and Ankie Spitzer, right, with Australian Ambassador to Israel Andrea Faulkner and Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon at a meeting in Jerusalem, July 3, 2012.

IOC’s Rogge hears sharp criticism at London memorial for Munich 11

By Miriam Shaviv, JTA August 7, 2012

LONDON — The president of the International Olympic Committee came under attack from successive speakers at a London memorial for the Munich 11. Jacques Rogge, who was in the audience on Monday night, was blamed for refusing to allow a minute of silence...

Alex Gilady, second from right, shaking hands with British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould in Tel Aviv as Zvika Vershaviak and Efraim Zinger of the Olympic Committee of Israel look on, March 14, 2011.

Some see Alex Gilady, the IOC’s Israeli, as villain in minute of silence defeat

By Miriam Shaviv, JTA August 6, 2012

LONDON -- Was the only Israeli on the International Olympic Committee instrumental in stopping a tribute to the Munich 11 at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games? In the past few weeks, a war of words has erupted between the official, Alex Gilady,...

Congressmen to hold moment of silence for Munich 11

By Neil Rubin, JTA July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. “We’re going to give one-minute speeches on the House floor...

Ankie Spitzer speaking at Clarkstown High School South in West Nyack, N.Y., about the Munich Massacre, Nov. 2010.

How the Munich 11 petition went viral

By Neil Rubin, JTA July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — It began two years ago as an idea by volunteers at a suburban Jewish community center and turned into a major international campaign, galvanizing everyone from President Barack Obama to the mayor of London. And in case you haven’t heard...

The Tower Bridge in London, decorated with the five Olympic rings in preparation for the 2012 Summer Games, June 2012.

As London’s Jews prepare for Olympics, Munich 11 on their minds

By Miriam Shaviv, JTA July 2, 2012

LONDON — For the British Jewish community, the most memorable moment of the London Olympics may be a somber one.On Aug. 6, several hundred people are expected to attend a commemoration for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches murdered by Palestinian...

Ankie Spitzer, right, with David Kirschtel, CEO of JCC Rockland, in front of the JCCs recently installed memorial sculpture dedicated to the 11 Israelis who died at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Munich 11 widow Ankie Spitzer keeps up her fight for a minute of Olympic time

By Marla Cohen, JTA June 28, 2012

WEST NYACK, N.Y. — The room was splashed in blood, the walls riddled with bullet holes. Ankie Spitzer stood amid the chaos and made a vow. “If this is the place where Andrei spent the last hours of his life, he and his friends, I am not going to...

Demjanjuk to be buried in the United States

JTA March 22, 2012

Convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk will be buried near his home in suburban Cleveland. A German funeral home reportedly said the body of Demjanjuk, who died on March 17, will travel to Cleveland next week. The U.S. consulate in Munich confirmed...

British publisher to fight ‘Mein Kampf’ ban

JTA March 13, 2012

BERLIN -- A British publisher is vowing to fight a Munich court's decision to permanently ban his publication of excerpts of Hitler's "Mein Kampf." Peter McGee wanted to print excerpts last January in a 16-page insert to his German publication "Zeitungszeugen,"...

John Demjanjuk in Israels Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Demjanjuk was accused of concealing a past as a Nazi concentration camp guard. File photo: Flash 90

Genocide criminals faced justice in 2011

By Eric Mink, Special to the Jewish Light January 4, 2012

It was a good year for genocide. Or, more precisely, 2011 was a good year for pursuing, prosecuting and punishing mass murderers, torturers, sadists, rapists and exterminators-and the ideologues, strategists and functionaries who enable the dirty work...

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