June 17, 2019

Remembering Rafi Eitan

“The legendary Israeli spy who masterminded the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann has died at 92.

Rafi Eitan was a Mossad agent in 1960 when, acting on information gathered by several independent Nazi hunters, he was dispatched as head of an Israeli intelligence squad to Buenos Aires to intercept Eichmann on his way home.

The team succeeded in capturing Eichmann and spiriting him out of Argentina to stand trial in Israel. After a lengthy proceeding that fascinated the global media and included many Holocaust survivors giving testimony for the first time, Eichmann was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against the Jewish people and sentenced to death. He was hanged in 1962 and remains the only person ever executed by the State of Israel.”

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