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Remembering Zvi Aharoni


Rafi Eitan, commander of Operation Finale, eulogizing Zvi Aharoni Zvi Aharoni, one of the key figures in the capture of Adolf Eichmann – the subject of this year’s signature exhibition at Beit Hatfutsot, Operation Finale – passed away this year. Aharoni, who was the head of Interrogations in the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) during Eichmann’s capture, was instrumental in locating Eichmann in Argentina and verifying that the man living under the name “Ricardo Clement” was indeed Eichmann. He also drove the car used for the capture, making use of his fluent German to ensure a successful mission.


Aharoni was remembered in a special memorial event on July 9 organized by the Beit Hatfutsot Conference and Events Center. The memorial event was attended by leaders in the intelligence community, business people, journalists and family, who viewed the exhibition while sharing memories of Aharoni. Rafi Eitan, the commander of the operation, eulogized Aharoni, calling him “humble and talented”. Aharoni’s granddaughter added that he was a warm and involved family man despite being busy with vital global missions. Other attendees included former intelligence leaders Jacob Perry, Avraham Shalom and Efraim Halevy, journalist Eitan Haber, and business leaders Yair Hamburger and Yitzhak Suari, and lawyers Tami and Yehuda Raveh.