Description - In 1972, 11 Israeli athletes were killed by terrorists during the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. The world was stunned and saddened by the tragedy. One of the murdered athletes was David Berger, a young American citizen from the Cleveland area, who was to compete on the Israeli wrestling team during the games. The David Berger National Memorial is dedicated to his memory and to the memory of the ten other athletes whose lives were taken.
- The David Berger National Memorial, which sits on the front lawn of the Mayfield Jewish Community Center. The design of broken Olympic rings is meant to symbolize the interruption and cancellation of the Munich games by the tragic events, and the eleven segments on which the rings rest represent each athlete whose life was taken.
Recreation - Viewing the monument.
Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.
Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.
The monument rests on the lawn of the Mayfield Jewish Community Center (3505 Mayfield Road), Cleveland Heights, Ohio.