Did you know that there is a national memorial that is part of the National Park Service that is only .01 acres?
The smallest National Park Site is the David Berger National Memorial in Beachwood, Ohio.
The Memorial honors the memory of David Berger, an American/Israeli citizen who grew up in Shaker Heights, OH. At age 28, he was a member of the Israeli weightlifting team. David was one of 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. As the athletes slept, eight armed members of the Palestinian group Black September, breached the Olympic compound by scaling the surrounding six foot fence and entering two apartments used by the Israeli team killing the Israeli weightlifting team.
The sculpture depicts the five Olympic rings broken in half, symbolizing the interruption and cancellation of the Munich games.
Hours: The grounds of the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland do not close and access to the David Berger Memorial is always available. The National Park Passport stamp for the David Berger Memorial is available at the membership desk of the center during open hours. In observance of Shabbat, the desk at the Mandel JCC is closed Friday afternoons after 4 pm, all day Saturday and on some Jewish holidays. Hours the remainder of the week are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sundays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
There is a parking lot near the Memorial and the Mandel Jewish Community Center.
Entrance Fee: Free