Israeli Olympic fencer to discuss experience at 1972 Olympics and new book ‘Munich Memoir’ at Rancho Santa Fe event Aug. 7


As the world prepares to watch the Olympics, here in Rancho Santa Fe, residents will have the honor of hearing firsthand from one of the five Israeli Olympic survivors, Dan Alon, of the Munich Olympics in 1972. Forty years later, Dan Alon will recount his “Munich Memoir” at an event hosted by Chabad Jewish Center of RSF on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. at a private RSF residence.

Nothing had prepared Israeli fencer Dan 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, Alon 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.

This is Dan Alon’s Munich Memoir.

For more information, please contact Chabad Jewish Center of RSF Lecture Series at 858-756-7571 or RSVP required. Space is limited. Visit An autographed copy of “Munich Memoir” will be available for purchase.