Silence at 3,000 feet as easyJet passengers remember Munich

By Jennifer Lipman, Zoe Winograd, Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

Passengers on a flight to Tel Aviv were asked to observe a minute’s silence as they flew over Munich.
The captain of the easyJet plane made the announcement over the intercom on Friday, telling holidaymakers it was in memory of the Israeli athletes murdered in the 1972 Olympics.

A passenger had made the request via a steward and the message was passed to the flight deck. No-one spoke during the 60 seconds.

Another passenger, Richard Elton, who was on the flight from Luton, said: “The pilot announced where we were and spoke about the tragedy.

“He also invited us to join in with a minute’s silence at 11am, which was well observed. Kol Hakovod, easyJet.”

NBC sports newscaster Bob Costas interrupted his live broadcast at the Opening Ceremony with 12 seconds of quiet. Similar silences were held around Britain.

More than 20,000 people joined the Zionist Federation-organised Minute for Munich, a silence conducted by individuals wherever they were at 11am.

A short memorial service at the Israeli Embassy was streamed live online from 10.45am. A prayer was recited and candles were lit.

In Manchester, the Zionist Central Council linked up with the Embassy commemoration. Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag of Whitefield Synagogue recited the memorial prayer.

Around 200 people marked the Minute for Munich in Trafalgar Square. Italy’s Olympic delegation held its own minute’s silence during a special tribute at the Israeli team’s headquarters.

Members of the multi-faith chaplaincy team joined chaplains from other faiths to conduct a minute’s silence service at the Jewish Room of Prayer in the Athletes’ Village.

Last updated: 1:37pm, August 2 2012