Twelve Months—Twelve Names

Fencing equipment in the Häberlstraße sports centre, photo: Daniel Schvarcz

50 Years Olympic Massacre Munich


Fencing tournament

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.

Fencing tournament and Bavarian-Israeli youth meeting

In October, when the murdered fencing coach Andrei Spitzer is remembered as part of the commemoration project “Twelve Months—Twelve Names,” a Bavarian-Israeli youth meeting will be held.

Twelve Israeli fencers from the “Maccabi Jerusalem Fencing Club,” aged between 14 and 18, will be coming to Munich for five days in mid-October. They will train with Bavarian fencers and take part in the commemorative tournament for Andrei Spitzer on October 23, 2022. Over the years, Spitzer worked intensively to assist young athletes and traveled throughout the whole of Israel to inspire children and young people for his passion—fencing. With the memorial tournament a commemorative sign is being set, emanating from the sport of fencing. In addition to the sporting aspect, information on the history of the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games and the importance of remembrance will also be included in the five-day educational program which involves the participation of “Gymnasium” schools in Munich, concrete the Gymnasium München Nord.

Interested parties are sincerely invited to watch the tournament. It is not necessary to buy a ticket or to register.

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.


Sportzentrum Häberlstrasse, Häberlstrasse 11b, 80337 Munich

An event of the “Initiative Schulterschluss” and the Bayerischer Fechterverband (Bavarian Fencing Association) supported by the Bayerischer Jugendring, the Sports Department of the City of Jerusalem and the Consulate General of the State of Israel.