Operation Finale

The Story of the Capture of Eichmann

Opening: February 10, 2012

Exhibition Curator: Avner Avraham

Exhibition Designer: Ori Glazer


At the conclusion of World War II, when the scope of the tragedy unleashed upon the Jewish people became known, there were many who felt the need to seek revenge against the perpetrators. One of the major offenders among these war criminals was Adolf Eichmann; he was a senior officer in the Nazi party, charged with facilitating and managing – with uncommon precision – the logistics of “the final solution.” Following the war, Eichmann managed to escape from the Allied Powers, and in 1950 made his way to Argentina under an assumed identity.

In 1960, Eichmann was abducted in a Mossad operation led by Isser Harel, who was assisted by a teamfrom the operational unit of the Shin Bet (General Security Services). Eichmann was smuggled out of Argentina and flown to Israel with the aid of an El Al plane and crew. The operation assured that he would be tried in Jerusalem, the capital of the sovereign Jewish state. Eichmann’s trial marked the first time that the story of the Holocaust survivors was revealed to the entire world; their memories and testimonies drew a picture of the human spirit elevated to heights of strength and nobility in the face of heinous crimes too horrible to fathom.

Mossad – Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations – chronicles for the first time the story of the abduction through documents illustrating details of the operation – an undertaking which had never before been attempted. The evidence on display in this exhibition represents a body of material gathered during this unprecedented operation. It is rightly heralded as a life-changing event in the history of the State of Israel and the entire world, when the heroic deeds of a few allowed others to raise their voices so that a doubting world would hear the truth.

The Mossad is lifting its veil of secrecy in order to educate those who were not alive during the Holocaust, as well as to salute the organizations and individuals in Israel and abroad who acted at great risk, and to give thanks to them and their families. A special thanks, also, to those whose names and identities must remain secret.

“Where there is no counsel, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proberbs 11:14)

The exhibition has been arranged under the auspices of the Mossad – Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations

On display until October 31, 2012

Curator: Avner A.

Head of Curatorial Department: Smadar Keren

Project Manager: Michal Houminer

Registrar: Geula Goldberg

History Consultant: Neomi Izhar

Museum Consultant: Orit Engelberg Baram

Exhibition Design: Ori Glazer – Architect, Onna Segev – Graphic Designer, Lia Eleonora Fang – Interior Designer

English Translation and Editing – Gail Aricha

Film Directing: Rotem Kipnis

The exhibit was made possible by the generous support of

The IRIS Charity Trust

The SUNFLOWER Charity Trust

The ORCHID Charity Trust

The JASMINE Charity Trust