Editor’s note from May 11, 2020: Today marks 60 years since Adolf Eichmann was captured by four Mossad agents in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Below is a blog entry originally published in 2017, when the exhibition Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann was on view at the Museum. 

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.

Most of Malkin’s artworks were inside the Argentina portion of the guidebook, and they sometimes incorporated words, maps, or images from the guidebook that gave additional power to the artwork. The drawing on the right, of Eichmann, is drawn over the map of South America.

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 was on display in Operation Finale, courtesy of Malkin’s son, Omer, who hand-delivered it.

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.