This documentary is dedicated to all people victimized by war and terrorism, and in particular, an American-born attorney, David Mark Berger.
As a member of the Israeli weight lifting team in the 1972 Munich Olympics, he was murdered with ten other team members on live television by the terrorist organization, Black September.
David Mark Berger (at age 28) 1972
In 1970 while I was a student at the University of Vienna in Austria for my junior year abroad, I met David when we were both taking a trip to the States. He was a very interesting person who could talk through the night on his politcal ideas. Between us we could solve all the problems of the world in a few hours! He made me promise that I would watch him on the live broadcast of the Munich Olympics in 1972. To my shock and horror I watched him and the others with him suffer and die under a terrorist siege.
Watching the 2008 Olympics I couldn't help but think of David. The Olympics should be a place where the politics are left at the gate and where nations can come together in good spirits and good will. Hopefully the lessons learned there will expand and bridge cultural gaps after the Olympics are over. Unfortunately, in 1972 the Olympics became a political forum. Whether it is for race, religion, politics, or territory, there is no justification for terrorism of any nature regardless of the reasons presented for those actions.
It is my hope that anyone who has suffered from war or terroism can live in a world that is peaceful, full of opportunities, and open to cultural diversity. The sacrifices of people like David Mark Berger should encourage others to remember and make our government leaders more accountable for their foreign poliicy decisions. Superpower is a film that is a call to action for those who realize that the atrocities of the past must not continue and who wish to make a difference.
A sculpture in honor of David Berger and the others who were killed was fabricated by Romanian-born David E. Davis. He desgined the monument in black steel with broken Olympic rings to symbolize the interruption of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany by the terrorist attack. The sculpture rests upon eleven bases, one for each athlete who died. The monument is located at the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood, Ohio, under the authority of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
David Mark Berger National Monument (click to see link)