REVIEW: Operation Finale at Florida Holocaust Museum

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The first exhibition in the United States to fully document the pursuit, capture, extradition, and trial of a Nazi war criminal, Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann is one of the most powerful and emotional exhibits ever presented by The Florida Holocaust Museum.  This blockbuster exhibition is  co-produced by The Mossad – Israel Secret Intelligence Service; Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, Israel; and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fifty-six years ago, Adolf 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.

The dramatic story behind one of the world’s most notorious escaped Nazi war criminals being brought to justice is told using recently declassified artifacts from the Mossad. The exhibition includes objects and images made available outside the country for the first time – original 1960s-era artifacts, photographs,  film clips and audio,  along with interactive features, to tell a story of espionage, intrigue and, ultimately, justice served. 

 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.  

Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann  is on display through July 15, 2018,  at The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg. Docent-led guided tours are available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 2 pm for an additional $3 by reservation only by emailing tours@thefhm.org or (727) 820-0100 ext. 230. Go to flholocaustmuseum.org for more information.