Twelve Months—Twelve Names

Exhibition view "Students remember!", Foto: Daniel Schvarcz

50 Years Olympic Massacre Munich



The 50th anniversary of the terrorist attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich falls in 2022. To commemorate the twelve people killed, institutions in Munich and Fürstenfeldbruck are remembering a different victim, his life and fate, each month throughout the year.

Students remember!

Five school classes and youth groups asked themselves the question: How do we want to commemorate the 1972 Munich Massacre at the Summer Olympics? Over more than half a year they worked on their projects on the Israeli fencing coach of 1972, Andrei Spitzer. The results can now be seen: Each group came up with its very own form of remembrance. The Theresien Gymnasium in Ansbach organized a sports festival and has set up a social media project. At the Berufliches Schulzentrum (vocational school center) on Elisabethplatz in Munich, a memorial tree has been made. Life-size figures of a fencer, on the other hand, have been created by a group from the Klenze Gymnasium in Munich as a way to express how they have dealt with this subject. Pupils of the Maria-Ward Realschule in Munich have been artistically and athletically active in the creation of their installation. And several fencers from the Kunst Turnen Fechten e.V. fencing club in Munich is commemorating Andrei Spitzer in a fencing performance.
The projects are to be presented during the “Long Museum Night in Munich” and, afterwards until November 1, 2022, at the Jewish Museum Munich.

Commemoration project:
Twelve Months—Twelve Names
50 Years Olympic Massacre Munich

50 years after the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, the victims of the Munich Massacre are being commemorated throughout 2022. One month is dedicated to each of the victims who are remembered in a variety of ways. These commemorative initiatives are being held in different venues and realized by a number of cultural and educational institutions, such as the Historischer Verein Fürstenfeldbruck e.V., the Deutsches Theater, the Munich Police Headquarters, and other cooperation partners. The spectrum varies from art installations to commemorative tournaments and school class projects.

This commemoration project has been conceived and coordinated by the Jewish Museum Munich in conjunction with the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism and the Consulate General of the State of Israel.

The Jewish Museum Munich is also accompanying the commemoration project on its blog and its social media channels under the hashtag #MunichMassacre72.



Jewish Museum Munich

Jewish Museum Munich in cooperation with school classes and youth groups in Bavaria