Eliezer Halfin, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Eliezer Halfin

Munich Massacre victim

Date of Birth: 18-Jun-1948

Place of Birth: Riga, Latvia

Date of Death: 06-Sep-1972

Profession: amateur wrestler

Nationality: Israel

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Eliezer Halfin

  • Eliezer Halfin (18 June 1948, in Riga – 6 September 1972, in Munich) was a Latvian-born wrestler with the Israeli Olympic team at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.
  • Along with 10 other athletes and coaches he was taken hostage by Palestinian Black September terrorists on 5 September 1972. Eventually they were brought to a German airport and during an attempted rescue mission staged by the German police, all nine hostages were killed on 6 September.
  • Five of the terrorists and one German policeman were also killed.
  • The subsequent autopsy, carried out by the Forensic Institute of the University of Munich, concluded that Halfin had died from a bullet to the heart and noted that Vivil mints were found in both trouser pockets of his corpse.Eliezer was a mechanic by profession and was born in Riga, USSR.
  • He came to Israel in 1969 and officially became an Israeli citizen seven months prior to his death.
  • He was survived by his parents and a sister.
  • He was a lightweight wrestler and was active for 11 years.
  • In Israel he was a member of Hapoel Tel Aviv club.
  • He won 12th place in the world championships.
  • During 1971 he placed second place in the international competition in Bucharest, Romania.
  • In 1972 in Greece he placed 3rd.
  • Participating in the 20th Olympic Games was the highlight of his career and his dream.
  • Eliezer is buried in Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv.

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