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Yad Vashem Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Eichmann Trial

Operation Eichmann

Public Opinion in Israel and the World

Eichmann’s arrest warrant, 1960 Eichmann before an Israeli judge issuing his arrest warrant, 1960 Eichmann’s photo and fingerprints upon arrest, 1960 Eichmann’s fingerprints upon arrest, 1960 Eichmann’s physical examination in his prison cell, 1960 Personal belongings upon arrest in Israel, 1960 Personal documents upon arrest in Israel, 1960

Two days after Eichmann's arrival in Israel, on May 23, 1960, the Prime Minister took to the Knesset podium to proclaim that Eichmann had been captured and was in Israel. The news stunned and amazed public opinion in Israel and worldwide.

The months following the abduction were marked by a severe diplomatic row between Israel and Argentina, the latter complaining to the international community and the UN Security Council about infringement of its sovereignty.  Feverish diplomatic efforts by Israel's foreign ministry and the Jewish intellectuals who rallied worldwide, restored bilateral relations to normalcy.  In the course of the trial, particularly towards its conclusion, a majority of nations and world public opinion recognized the justice of the Israeli action, and Israel's right to bring the villain to justice.

The online exhibition was made possible through the generous support of:

Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany works to secure compensation and restitution for survivors of the Holocaust.

Since 1951, the Claims Conference - working in partnership with the State of Israel - has negotiated for and distributed payments from Germany, Austria, other governments, and certain industry; recovered unclaimed German Jewish property; and funded programs to assist the neediest Jewish victims of Nazism.