A Moscow synagogue held a ceremony marking the 35th anniversary of the massacre of the Israeli Olympic team at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Wednesday’s service at the Memorial Synagogue in Moscowâ€™s Victory Park was sponsored by the Russian Jewish Congress and included a delegation from the Israeli Embassy. Speaking at the service, Jewish Soviet Olympic athlete Mark Rakita, who won a medal at the Munich Games, said the massacre changed the way he saw the Olympics.
â€œThe Olympics were a celebration for everyone, for all countries and for all people,” he said. “After that it was finished.â€
The chief Reform rabbi of Russia, Alexander Lyskovoi, said kaddish for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered on Sept. 6, 1972 by Palestinian terrorists from Black September.
â€œThis is a feature of our people. We donâ€™t forget anything,â€ Lyskovoi told JTA after the service. â€œEverything that happened in the past is a message and we should remember. Surely these 11 guys we can put together with the victims of the Holocaust because the cause of their death was the same.â€
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