AUG 7, 2012
MUSEUM TO HOST MOMENT OF SILENCE AT MUNICH ATHLETE MEMORIAL IN PAN PACIFIC PARK
MUSEUM TO HOST MOMENT OF SILENCE AT
MUNICH ATHLETE MEMORIAL IN PAN PACIFIC PARK
- Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust to host Moment of Silence at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12 – mid-point of 2012 London Olympics closing ceremonies
- Mayor Villaraigosa, entire city council and Board of supervisors, state and Federal officials invited
- Ceremony to take place at plaque memorializing victims of 1972 Munich Olympics terrorist attack on Israeli athletes in Pan Pacific Park (near exercise equipment)
- Jewish National Fund placed the plaque amongst a copse of 11 trees in 1984, just prior to the start of the Los Angeles Olympic games
LOS ANGELES, CA – August 3, 2012 – Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) announced today it invited city, state and Federal elected officials and administrators and the general public to participate in a moment of silence in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The moment of silence will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, at approximately the time when the closing ceremonies of the 2012 games in London will hit their mid-point.
LAMOTH Executive Director Mark A. Rothman will lead the moment of silence at the Jewish National Fund plaque in Pan Pacific Park. The plaque is surrounded by a copse of trees planted in the victims’ honor. It is across the park from the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust itself, and it lists the name of each of the Israeli athletes killed after Black September terrorists took them hostage in their dormitory rooms in the Munich Olympic village.
“Our moment of silence will throw light on the shadow the International Olympic Committee cast on the London games” by not officially remembering the tragedy of 1972, according to Mark Rothman, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. “Otherwise, the glory of gold medals – no matter how earnestly earned – can brighten that shadow.”
LAMOTH invited the Mayor, the city council members, our Supervisors, our state and Federal representatives, as well as key administrators and the general public, to attend the impromptu event.
In 1984 the Jewish National Fund installed the plaque in Pan Pacific Park on June 24, 1984, just before the start of the Los Angeles Olympic games. Former member of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Edmund D. Edelman participated in the dedication ceremony.
About Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Holocaust survivors founded the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in the early 1960s as a permanent repository for their personal artifacts from the Holocaust and the world the Nazis destroyed. Today the Museum hosts docent-led school tours, survivor lectures, exhibitions on the Holocaust, and numerous special events. Museum admission is always free. Visit the Museum online at www.lamoth.org on the Web.