Munich Olympic massacre survivor comes to Vail |

Munich Olympic massacre survivor comes to Vail

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Vail, CO Colorado
Dan Alon

VAIL, Colorado – A survivor of the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympics will speak in Vail on Wednesday.

Dan Alon’s lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Donovan Pavilion, 1600 S. Frontage Road in Vail.

Nothing had prepared Israeli fencer Alon for what he would face when he finally qualified and made it to the Munich Olympics. Despite the years of preparation, the training and the dedication, he could not have known how a single Black September day would shatter his dreams and fracture his life

Surviving the Munich Massacre was the beginning of Alon’s 40-year struggle to understand why he was spared, why his was not among the mangled remains of murdered Israeli Olympic athletes left on the tarmac at Feldenfurstenbruck Airport.

After years of suffering, Dan found that telling his tale freed him to rejoin the living. This is that story, a story of courage, of hope, and, ultimately a story of love.

For more information, call the Chabad Jewish Center of Vail Lecture Series at-970-476-7887 or

An autographed copy of Alon’s book, “Munich Memoir,” will be available for purchase.

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