“Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann” – at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, Ohio
“Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann”: Curated by Beit Hatfutsot, this seminal exhibition recently opened at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, Ohio. Based on confidential documents and artifacts kept by the Mossad (Israel’s intelligence agency) for fifty years, this exhibition reveals not only history at large, but the powerful story of the darkest chapter and gravest calamity in Jewish history as viewed through the lens of the dramatic capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann.
Cleveland’s prominent leaders attended the opening for this historic exhibition. Tamar and Milton Maltz, founders of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, gave a moving speech about the significance of the exhibition. Also in attendance were Robert Gries, Albert Ratner and Bruce Ratner—chairs of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and many more.
Beit Hatfutsot was also well represented at the opening night and Irina Nevzlin, Chair of the Board of Directors of Beit Hatfutsot, spoke on behalf of the Museum, while Dr. Orit Shaham Gover, Chief Curator of Beit Hatfutsot; Shula Bahat, CEO, Beit Hatfutsot of America; A. Avner, formerly of the Mossad; and the team that designed and built the exhibit and its media installation were all in attendance and available to answer any questions.
Many Holocaust survivors residing in Cleveland also attended the moving opening. The crowd was taken by this substantive, powerful, monumental and important exhibition.
For over two years Beit Hatfutsot—in conjunction with the Maltz Museum in Cleveland, Gallagher & Associates (the internationally recognized museum planning and design firm that is also leading the Renewal Plan for Beit Hatfutsot) and Gallagher’s media company in New York—worked to adapt the exhibition to best fit the American audience. According to the local press, a wide audience now has the opportunity to understand the uniqueness and importance of the capture and trial of Eichmann. “We can only hope that the exhibit will travel to as many museums as possible throughout the United States so that many more visitors have the opportunity to learn from this important presentation,” said Dr. Orit Shaham Gover.
To read more about the curating process please click here.