The Art of Nazi Hunting: How Israelís Mossad Found Adolf Eichmann


Goober
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The Art of Nazi Hunting: How Israel’s Mossad Found Adolf Eichmann

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“Operation Finale: The Story of the Capture of Eichmann” is a museum exhibition that chronicles the secret Mossad operation that stalked and captured Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann from his refuge in Buenos Aires, and smuggled him to Israel to stand trial for his role in organizing the Final Solution. Eichmann was the chief logistician of the Holocaust, and the exhibit at the University of Tel Aviv is satisfying in every possible way: Not only seeing justice done, but laying eyes on the homespun artifacts of early spycraft that made it happen, like the stubby metal needle that administered a sedative before the prisoner was led, dressed in the uniform of a flight navigator, up the staircase of the El Al plane that carried him across the Atlantic.

The exhibit, at The Museum of the Jewish People, has it all: The soft leather briefcase with a camera hidden inside, its shutter activated by a button on the bottom pressed by an Israeli agent who pretended to happen by the house on Garibaldi Street on day in 1960, inquiring about investments in the area. Here are the black and white images, captured at an upward angle, of the man calling himself Ricardo Klement: A thing bald figure gesturing with arms akimbo, some quality of arrogance on display along with the actual prints, their negatives, and even the cardboard sleeve of the Buenos Aries photo shop that developed them — “Optica ‘Florida’ Argentina 1960.”

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The agents didn’t think it was Eichmann. But their sneaked photos were compared with a civilian portrait and the photo from his SS file – both also on display – by forensic experts who knew what to look at: Ears really don’t change. One expert sketched an oval of a head with 10 points of commonality enumerated on a piece of paper either brown in 1960 or faded since to that shade, like the Mossad file on Eichmann himself, code-named “Dybbuk,” Yiddish for an evil spirit that penetrates the soul.

The 11 agents dispatched to bring Dybbuk to Israel were a mix of Mossad, the intelligence agency that works overseas, and Shabak, Israel’s domestic security office, which had to be called on for help. “Besides being the Eichmann story this is the story of the evolution of the Mossad,” says Avinoam Armoni, chief executive of the museum, known in Israel as Beit Hatfutsot. Mossad — the massive organization whose hand critics see behind many a mysterious death abroad – was not all that back then. Its original mission was mostly getting Jews out of other countries and into newly established Israel.

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Today Mossad actually has a website; the “About Us” page is a good place to start. “It’s a bit of a change from the early days when you were not even allowed to utter the word,” says Armoni. But its reputation for omniscience, for being able to reach anywhere, began with the capture of Eichmann. The ruthlessness would come later, especially as Israel mounted an assassination campaign against Palestinian activists in response to the massacre at the 1972 Munich Games. (“Striking Back,” by TIME’s own Aaron J. Klein, is the definitive book on what some would deem the morally treacherous work carried out by Caesarea, as the agency’s assassination unit was known.) Indeed today, as Iranian nuclear scientists blow up on their morning commutes with startling frequency, it may qualify as news that Mossad actually brought an enemy back alive.

“Everybody wants to talk about Iran,” says Yossi Peled, the government minister who persuaded the Mossad to take the exhibition public. “I know of only one way to answer,” says Pellin, who lost his entire family except his mother at Auschwitz: “We the Jewish people were spread all around the world. In 1948, thanks God, history gave us a gift: We got our own country. But it’s a one-time gift. We have an obligation to protect ourselves.”

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Last edited by Goober; Feb 9th, 2012 at 02:28 PM..
 
Blackleaf
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I've got a book on Eichmann's capture. It's a great read.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

I've got a book on Eichmann's capture. It's a great read.

I read one quite some time ago. As you state a good read.
 
#juan
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Eichmann's capture was at least fifty years ago. Can we have an end to the second world war?
Enough is enough.
 
Spade
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I still sort of like the Peloponnesian War.

Tom Lehrer - Wernher von Braun - now on DVD - YouTube

 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

Eichmann's capture was at least fifty years ago. Can we have an end to the second world war?
Enough is enough.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
 
Spade
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We must not forget who really won the war for the Allies.

Soviet National Anthem Red Square 1945 - YouTube

 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

We must not forget who really won the war for the Allies.

Soviet National Anthem Red Square 1945 - YouTube

And who supplied them with materials and the ability to manufacture arms as well.
 

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