The Man Who Sedated Eichmann : Rough Translation The capture of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann was one of Israel's proudest moments. But the doctor at the center of the spy operation refused to talk about his role — even with his family. Today, his children ask why.

The Man Who Sedated Eichmann

The Man Who Sedated Eichmann

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The needle used to sedate Adolf Eichmann, Nazi mastermind, and led to his eventual capture in 1960. Dan Balilty/AP hide caption

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The spy operation to capture Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann and put him on trial changed the perception of the Holocaust in Israel. It turned victims into prosecutors. And it also helped to establish the legend of the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency that masterminded the mission. The Israelis on the mission were crowned national heroes.

But a civilian at the center of the operation — the doctor who sedated Eichmann in Argentina and flew with him back to Israel — never wanted to speak about his role, no matter how much his children begged him. Today, the doctor's children try to understand why their father wouldn't talk.

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Correction July 17, 2019

This episode incorrectly refers to Alexander Israel as Alexander Israeli.