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Netanyahu says Eichmann capture shaped Jewish history

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Posted on Dec. 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

Visitors look at objects used in the capture of Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann, during the opening of an exhibition displaying the objects, at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem Dec. 12. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Visitors look at objects used in the capture of Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann, during the opening of an exhibition displaying the objects, at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem Dec. 12. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

On the 50th anniversary of Adolf Eichmann’s capture for trial in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the event shaped Jewish history.

“Eichmann’s capture and bringing to trial were a turning point at which the State of Israel and the Jewish people began to exact justice on their persecutors,” Netanyahu said Monday at the official unveiling of a Knesset display of memorabilia from the 1961 secret mission in Argentina.

At the time, Israeli agents tracked Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust, in Buenos Aires and spirited him to Israel. The German fugitive was put on trial in Jerusalem and executed for his crimes.

The Knesset exhibit includes the syringe with which Eichmann was drugged by his captors, never-before-seen photographs from the mission and forged papers used by the agents.

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