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Mossad display tracks netting of Nazi killer

Published time: December 01, 2011 12:25
Edited time: December 01, 2011 16:25
Adolf Eichmann during the trial in Jerusalem. (AFP Photo)

Adolf Eichmann during the trial in Jerusalem. (AFP Photo)

For the first time ever, Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad will put on public display its secret materials on one of the most notorious Nazi war criminals.

­ Adolf Eichmann was directly responsible for the mass killings of millions of Jews.

Following the surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945, Eichmann – one of the most powerful men in the Third Reich, who had ordered Jews into ghettos and labor camps – was arrested and confined to an American internment camp, but managed to escape.

He fled to Argentina and lived there under the assumed name of Ricardo Klement for nearly a decade, until Israeli Mossad agents abducted him in 1960.

Eichmann went on trial for crimes against humanity, as well as against the Jewish people. Over one hundred witnesses testified against him. Found guilty on all counts, the man who personally oversaw the extermination of Jews in Auschwitz was sentenced to death and hanged at Ramleh Prison, becoming the only person convicted by a civilian court to be executed in Israel.

Among the objects on display will be the original verdict issued by the Jerusalem court in 1962, as well as documents relating to Mossad’s key operation to get hold of Eichmann in Argentina.

Also on show is the dark patch put over the criminal’s eyes during his deportation.

The display will take place at the Knesset, before travelling across Israel in convoy with armed guards.