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The David Berger National Memorial


Basic Information

Location 41° 28′ 29″ N, 81° 29′ 33″ W
Phone number (216) 831-0700
Country United States
City Cleveland, Ohio
Address 26001 South Woodland Road, Beachwood, Ohio

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 41.47491,-81.49318


The 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 in 1975. Because of the demolition of the Mayfield Center in 2005, the memorial was moved to the Mandel Jewish Community Center. Although formally under the authority of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, maintenance of the memorial is handled by the community center.

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