Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Beachwood, Ohio: David Berger Memorial
It was the day everything changed.
Terrorists attacked the Israeli living quarters during the Olympics in Munich, Germany, in September, 1972. One of the 11 athletes to die in the attack was David Berger, who grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, emigrated to Israel, and competed as a weight-lifter.
This memorial was constructed in honor him and the 10 others who died. The sculpture represents the Olympic rings, broken into pieces.
This memorial is located in a slightly odd place -- an office park of sorts that's off Interstate 271 in northeast Ohio (Beachwood). The sculpture is near the Mandel Jewish Community Center. For those who collect National Park Service passport stamps, the Center has it.