Italy commemorates Munich 11 victims

Events in Italy marking the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Munich Olympics ranged from a minute of silence in Parliament to Jewish community commemorations.

Hundreds of people, including representatives of local authorities, gathered outside Rome’s main synagogue Thursday night for a memorial ceremony at which 11 memorial candles were lit. The mayors of Turin and Milan took part in similar ceremonies in their cities.

On Wednesday, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Gianfranco Fini, led the Chamber in a minute of silence to remember the attack.

in London, Gianni Petrucci, the president of the Italian Olympic Committee, announced at a news conference Thursday that the Italian team, in coordination with Israel, would observe a minute of silence in the Olympic Village to honor the slain Israeli athletes. Italian media reported that would take place over the weekend.