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
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
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.
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.
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.