Friday, July 27, 2012

L.A.‘s little-known plaque and grove of trees honor ‘Munich 11’

A few of the trees that were planted in Pan Pacific Park in 1984,
in memory of the Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Photo by Jonah Lowenfeld
In the summer of 1984, when Los Angeles hosted the Olympics, then-Mayor Tom Bradley and the local organizers of the Olympic Games unveiled a large bronze plaque honoring the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. The Israeli Olympic delegation was present for the unveiling, as were Jewish community leaders, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, at the time an L.A. City Councilman, remembers the ceremony and what stands out most, he said in a recent interview, was that it took place at Los Angeles City Hall. --  Jonah Lowenfeld, Jewish Journal

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