Peter Zvi Malkin, the Mossad agent who literally nabbed Adolf Eichmann on a street in Buenos Aires in 1960, was also a talented artist. During the long hours guarding Eichmann in a safe house before transporting him to Israel, Malkin captured his impressions of Eichmann and the significance of this clandestine mission.

Using what he had on hand – pencil, pen, crayons, paint, and even makeup, Malkin made sketches in a guidebook about South America – one of the props used by the Mossad agents so that they appeared to be tourists.

The sketchbook is now on display in Operation Finale, courtesy of Malkin’s son, Omer, who hand-delivered it.

Learn more about Peter Malkin and his sketchbook in this video narrated by Operation Finale curator Avner Avraham:

 

The slideshow below highlights some of Malkin’s sketches, color drawings, and paintings. These photos were taken in the Museum’s prep room before the sketchbook was placed in the Operation Finale exhibition.