Remembering David Berger

Winter 2012

David M. Berger

The 2012 London Olympics marked the 40th anniversary of the tragic death of David M. Berger ’69, a world-class weightlifter who received his J.D. and M.B.A. from Columbia. He competed as a member of the Israeli Olympic team that journeyed to Munich for the 1972 games. During the final week of competition, a group of Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village and took 11 Israeli team members hostage, ultimately killing Berger and his compatriots. In 1973, the Law School established the David M. Berger Memorial Prize, which is awarded annually to a third-year student interested in international law and world peace. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Berger.)