Operation Finale

The bulletproof glass booth in which Adolf Eichmann testified during his trial in Jerusalem District Court is displayed in the "Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann" exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, in New York, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)The bulletproof glass booth in which Adolf Eichmann testified during his trial in Jerusalem District Court is displayed in the "Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann" exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, in New York, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A new exhibition premiering at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City reveals the secret history behind the capture, extradition, and trial of one of the world’s most notorious war criminals: Adolf Eichmann. Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann, featuring recently declassified artifacts and multimedia immersive presentations, will be on view from until December 22, 2017.

“This powerful exhibition presents the incredible but true espionage story of finding the Nazi who planned the murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust, how he was brought to justice, and how the world responded,” said Museum President and CEO Michael S. Glickman. “Visitors will be able to experience the intrigue of Eichmann’s capture and the impact that resulted from the revelation of details of Nazi atrocities and survivor testimony as these came to the world stage.”

The exhibition immerses visitors in a courtroom setting through archival film footage, watching Eichmann in the original bullet-proof glass booth where he sat dispassionately throughout the trial. Other parts of the exhibition showcase maps, case files, hand-forged documents, and a pair of goggles used to obscure Eichmann’s vision during his abduction. In total, there are over 130 original artifacts and photographs.

“The entire dramatic story is told, including never-before-revealed details of a ‘Plan B’ backup escape strategy devised in case the initial scheme failed,” former agent and espionage expert Avner Avraham explained.

Operation Finale is presented as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Museum.The exhibit will be accompanied by an array of complementary public programs, which will be announced in early August. The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is located at 36 Battery Place and is open Sunday through Friday. Phone: 646.437.4202 Website: www.mjhnyc.org

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