2012 London Olympics

Ambassador says tragedy should embody fight against terror

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

Ambassador Daniel Taub spoke at the beginning of the emotional Guildhall commemoration ceremony on Monday. He said: "There are some who have suggested that remembrance does not sit well with the Olympic atmosphere. But we answer: without remembrance there is no true celebration.

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Obama's tribute to murdered athletes

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

America's ambasssador to the UK, Louis Susman, brought a message from President Obama to the Guildhall commemoration.

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German Foreign Minister pledges solidarity with Israel

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

Germany’s Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, paid tribute at the Guildhall ceremony to the 11 murdered Israeli athletes and the German policeman, Anton Fliegerbauer, who died in the botched rescue attempt at the 1972 Munich Games.

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Ludwig Guttmann - father of the Paralympic Games - is celebrated on film

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

The daughter of the founder of the Paralympics Games has expressed delight that the hosting of the Games in London has reminded people of her father’s legacy.

Ludwig Guttmann was a renowned neurologist in Germany but, in 1939, helped by the British Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, he fled to Oxford to escape the Nazis.

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Munich victim's son thanks Aly Raisman for honouring athletes

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

The son of one of the athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics 40 years ago has thanked an American Jewish medallist for paying tribute to the victims after her victory.

Aly Raisman, the gymnast who now has two gold medals and a bronze to her name, performs her signature routine to the Jewish folk tune "Hava Nagila".

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'Most decorated' gymnast Raisman shows Jewish pride

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2012

The London Olympics' most decorated Jewish athlete has said the poignancy of winning two gold medals on the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre made the success more special.

Gymnast Aly Raisman will return to the United States after wowing audiences with her performances, which also won her a bronze medal.

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Gymnast Aly Raisman strikes gold at London 2012 again

By James Masters, August 7, 2012

Aly Raisman grabbed her second gold of the Games after triumphing in the women’s floor competition.

Raisman, dancing to Hava Nagila, scored 15.600 to take top spot and seal her third medal of London 2012.

The USA gymnast had claimed bronze in the individual beam earlier in the day in addition to the gold she won in last week’s team event.

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Cameron: we must remember Munich, a sickening act of terrorism

By Jenni Frazer, August 7, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to the Guildhall audience at a private reception before the main ceremony.

He said: "This evening we mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in the history of the Olympic Games. A sickening act of terrorism that betrayed everything the Olympic movement stands for and everything that we in Britain believe in.

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Munich massacre widows attack Rogge for silence ban

By Jenni Frazer, August 7, 2012

Two of the Munich massacre widows, Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano, made a bitter personal attack on the International Olympics Committee president, Jacques Rogge, at the official Guildhall ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 murders of 11 Israeli athletes.

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How we reached the 2012 starting line

By Rachel Kolsky, August 3, 2012

In the 64 years since London last hosted the Olympics, the city has experienced its share of changes. That's true for the whole capital, but also for the Jewish community, which has undergone a real shift since 1948 - and since the first London Games of 1908.

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