Yossef Gutfreund was born November 1, 1931 in Romania. Yossef made aliyah to Israel at age 17, and he served in the 1956 Sinai war and the 1967 Six Day War. He was an was an Olympic Official at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich; his fourth Olympiad. Yossef lived in Jerusalem with his wife and two daughters. He was head coach of the Betar Club Gym, and he also ran an electric appliance shop. When terrorists attacked the Israeli team at the Olympics, Yossef held the door closed as long as possible to allow his fellow Olympians to escape. Yossef's last name, Gutfreund, means "good friend." His wife, Miriam, said "His last act was typical of him. He spent his whole life helping others."