Anke Spitzer was a young newlywed when the unthinkable happened—her husband Andrei, the fencing coach for Israel’s 1972 Olympic delegation, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists, along with 10 of his teammates. Ankie has spoken at the JCC Maccabi Games about her ordeal in Munich and her quest for justice since. She shares her story, and how JCCs have helped her and the surviving family members pursue recognition of the murdered Israelis at the Olympic games.
Update: During the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee held a memorial service in honor of the Munich 11 in the Olympic Village for the first time. They also installed a permanent, memorial that will travel to each Olympic Village going forward. Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano attended, and credit the JCC Movement with helping them have their loved ones commemorated.