Israeli championship fencer Dan Alon will speak about his experiences at the 1972 Munich Olympics for the first time in Chicago. Alon is a highly sought after speaker and brings rave reviews from dozens of communities worldwide. The public is invited to hear Alon at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 31 at Shallots Bistro, 7016 Carpenter Road in Skokie, Chicago’s premiere kosher steakhouse and sushi bar.
Alon's fencing career began at age 12, continued through his teen years and reached its peak at age 27 when he joined the Israeli fencing team at the Olympic Games.
“The Olympics are a symbol of freedom and peace between nations,” says Alon. He recalls marching into the Olympic stadium in Munich under the Israeli flag. “I was in heaven. It was the most beautiful day of my life.”
Alon’s world was shattered five days later on Sept. 5. Black September terrorists invaded the building where he and his 15 fellow athletes and coaches were living. Eleven were murdered in cold blood; only five managed to escape.
In honest, often emotional terms, Alon shares with audiences his journey, the security concerns prior to the Games, the harrowing attack, and the process of returning to normal life. Alon remains active in the as of yet unsuccessful struggle to honor the memories of his slain teammates at the Olympics every four years.
Alon began a career in business and became a manager-director at a plastics company. He met his wife, Adele — a native of Capetown, South Africa — while she was hitchhiking in Israel. Now 68, he lives in Tel Aviv. The couple has three children: Meir, 32; Pazit, 25; and Arik, 30, who is also a champion fencer, like his father and grandfather.
Admission is $100 per person and $180 per couple and includes dinner. Advance registration required at www.DanAlonChicago.com. There is limited space available and will be given on a first-come basis.