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David Berger National Memorial, Beachwood

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David Berger National Memorial honors the memory of David Mark Berger, a 28-year-old U.S.-born Israeli weightlifter who was one of 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian terrorists in the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics. The memorial is dedicated to his memory and to the memory of the ten other athletes who were killed.

The black steel sculpture, a design of broken Olympic rings, is meant to symbolize the interruption of the Munich games by the tragic events, and the eleven segments on which the rings rest represent each athlete whose life was taken. The sculpture was fabricated by Romanian-born David E. Davis.

The sculpture was installed on the front lawn of the Mayfield Jewish Community Center at 3505 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 1975. The national memorial designation was authorized on March 5, 1980. Because of the demolition of the Mayfield Center in 2005, the memorial was moved to the Mandel Jewish Community Center at 26001 South Woodland Road in Beachwood, Ohio. Although formally under the authority of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, maintenance of the memorial is handled by the community center.
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  • SO NICe to see art in the middle of a business area, it is out i the open for all to see and enjoy. a unique piece of art. 
    SO NICe to see art in the middle of a business area, it is out i the open for all to see and enjoy. a unique piece of art.  more »
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  • Interesting, nice people .
  • If you're looking to visit all the National Park sites, this memorial is probably on your list. A word of caution for those who come to visit, the memorial is small and there is only one sign to commemorate it. If you're looking for a passport stamp, it's inside the Community Center at the front desk and the staff will gladly help you and even give you a handout about the memorial. I would advise checking the Community Center's website to determine if they'll be open because they do celebrate all the Jewish holidays. Overall, if you're coming here just for this memorial, make sure to stop by some of the other National Park sites to make it worth your trip.

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