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Mega exhibit on capture, trial of Adolf Eichmann opens in February

A portion of the traveling exhibit, “Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolph Eichmann” and, its curator, Avner Avraham, a career Mossad agent who will be the guest speaker at the annual Florida Holocaust Museum “To Life” gala. A portion of the traveling exhibit, “Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolph Eichmann” and, its curator, Avner Avraham, a career Mossad agent who will be the guest speaker at the annual Florida Holocaust Museum “To Life” gala. A blockbuster exhibit, “Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann” will open at the Florida Holocaust Museum Feb. 10 and its curator, career Mossad agent Avner Avraham, will be the keynote speaker for the museum’s annual “To Life” gala the same day.

Operation Finale is the first exhibition in the United States to fully document the pursuit, capture, extradition, and trial of one the most notorious escaped Nazi war criminals. The St. Petersburg museum will be just the fourth stop for the exhibit in the U.S. After its original exhibition in Israel, it was adapted for the American audience with showings in Cleveland, Skokie, IL and New York City.

Fifty-six years ago, Eichmann, who had been in charge of transporting millions of European Jews to death camps, sat in a courtroom for a trial that would be among the first in history to be completely televised. The trial captivated millions of people across the globe and it was the first time that many of them learned the details of the Holocaust.

Avraham, who worked as a communications officer for Mossad, Israel’s Secret Intelligence Service, spent seven years researching Eichmann’s capture and trial, meeting with thousands of people and collecting and documenting the details of the operation. Avraham was aided by recently declassified artifacts from the Mossad, which helped produce the exhibit along with two museums: Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, in Tel Aviv and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland.

Besides serving as curator of the exhibit, Avraham has been in Argentina on the set of a new movie about the Eichmann capture, also named Operation Finale. The movie stars Ben Kingsley as Eichmann.

During World War II, Eichmann was the key functionary in the Nazis’ attempt to annihilate all of Europe’s 11 million Jews. After the war he disappeared, but his crimes made him a wanted man. Operation Finale - the code name of Israel’s effort to find him - reveals exactly how Mossad agents located Eichmann in his hiding place in South America, and how they abducted and smuggled him safely to Israel to stand trial.

The exhibition includes objects and images made available for the first time – original 1960s-era artifacts, photographs, Telly Award winning films and audio, as well as contemporary design elements and interactive features, to tell a story of espionage, intrigue and, ultimately, justice served.

One of the most dramatic features of the exhibit is the bulletproof glass booth in which the accused sat as the courtroom drama was broadcast around the globe. “Standing in front of the dock, that upright glass coffin familiar from a thousand newsreels, is a humbling experience,” the New York Times said in its review of the exhibit.

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The Operation Finale exhibit will run from Feb. 10 - July 15 at the museum, 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg. For more information including hours and admission prices, call (727) 820-0100 or go to

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The “To Life: Honoring the Past; Empowering the Future” gala featuring Avraham as keynote speaker, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The hotel is located at 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa.

Tickets to attend To Life are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit: or call (727) 820.0100 ext. 276.

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