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The National Memorial is a sculpture that was created to honor the memory of David Berger, an American/Israeli citizen who was one of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. The David Berger National Memorial is the only memorial in the United States commemorating the 1972 Olympic terrorism.
David Berger, a Shaker Heights native, graduated from Tulane University and received a law degree and an MBA from Columbia University. He emigrated to Israel in 1970 and was among the first in Israel to teach sports, including weightlifting, to the disabled. Berger was 28 years old and a member of the Israeli weightlifting team at the time of his death. David Berger is buried in Mayfield Cemetery in Cleveland Heights, OH.
The sculpture was created by the late Cleveland sculptor David E. Davis. It was commissioned and paid for by a group of eight families, all personal friends of David’s parents, Dr. Benjamin and Dorothy Berger.
The David Berger National Memorial’s first home was on the grounds of the Jewish Community Center in Cleveland Heights. When the JCC closed that facility in 2005, arrangements were made to store and restore the sculpture at the McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation Laboratory, in Oberlin, Ohio. While in storage the sculpture was cleaned of all existing corrosion and an application of a corrosion inhibitor was applied. In addition, one section of the sculpture required welding reinforcement.