Remembering David Berger – New Orleans Jewish weightlifter killed at 1972 Olympics – 51 years later
Today – Sept. 5, 2023 – marks 51 years since the massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympics, when members of a Palestinian terrorist organization murdered 11 athletes competing for Israel. One of the victims was David Berger, a Jewish-American Tulane graduate who lived in New Orleans before moving to Israel, the country he would represent as a weightlifter on the world stage.
Lafayette attorney and Cajun historian Warren Perrin’s recent book, “The Weight of History, the Power of Apology,” chronicles his own weightlifting journey alongside that of Berger and Walter Imahara, a Japanese-American weightlifter who spent his youth in an internment camp before becoming a national champion. Perrin writes about their cultural differences, the ways they all understood oppression and trauma – and why it’s important to remember Berger today.
Perrin spoke with Louisiana Considered’s managing producer, Alana Schreiber, about Berger’s legacy and the ways Berger’s life intersected with his own.
But first, the Musaica Chamber Ensemble is gearing up for its 18th season with an adventurous repertoire. Musaica president – and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra assistant principal violist – Bruce Owen joins us with details about the group’s upcoming concerts.
Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Diane Mack. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our assistant producer is Aubry Procell. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman.
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