ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- One Israeli athlete who was at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, recalls the terrifying events of the day when 11 of his teammates were held hostage and ultimately killed by terrorists.
World champion fencer Dan Alon spoke Sunday before a packed room at the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford. Alon was 27 years old when he made the Israeli Olympic team in 1972. Five days into the games, members of the group Black September barged into to the team’s apartments inside the Olympic Village. The terrorists walked right past the room where Alon and 4 others were staying; they managed to escape while 11 others died, including Alon's fencing coach. Alon says he only started sharing his story 8 years ago.
“In the beginning I refused but later was convinced because I saw that it was very important to me that youngsters especially students will know the story and know that something like this happened in our century and to prevent another time like this," says Dan Alon.
He wrote a memoir about that harrowing experience called “Munich Memoir”. He lives in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and has a son and grandson who also became champion fencers.