In February 1945, Argentina’s Vice President and Secretary of War, Juan Perón, brought together the leading lights of the country’s influential German community, most of them
fervent supporters of the Third Reich.
make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to
Tabor was not only a strongman—he stood at 6 feet 2, and his hands were the size of baseball mitts—but also a technical master who could create suitcases with false bottoms,
overhaul a car engine, fix a submachine gun, pick any lock, and build a safe room that would never, ever, be found.
With all of these preparations, the Mossad headquarters became a
veritable travel agency, and staff filled a book the size of a telephone directory with the matrix of identities, flights, and scheduled meeting points.
an array of quantities set out by rows and columns
With all of these preparations, the Mossad headquarters became a veritable travel agency, and staff filled a book the size of a telephone directory with the
matrix of identities, flights, and scheduled meeting points.
the taking possession of something by legal process
Any equipment that could not be bought in Argentina without raising suspicion had to be transported in advance using “diplomatic pouch”—a term for any marked container that had immunity from search or
seizure because it was sent as part of a country’s diplomatic mission.
Most of their time was spent planning how and where they would seize Eichmann. They settled on three possible methods. The first was snatching him while he was away from home. The second was a commando raid at night, taking him from his bed. The third involved grabbing him on the street near his house—a possibility given the
"There might well be difficult repercussions. We know this. We have not only the right but also the moral duty to bring this man to trial. You must remember this throughout the weeks ahead. You are guardian angels of justice, the
emissaries of the Jewish people.”
Avraham Shalom had been struck by Eichmann’s impoverished existence. He lived in a shabby neighborhood, without electricity or running water, and dressed in the
threadbare clothes of a simple factory worker.
Ben-Gurion came around his desk and shook Harel’s hand. “Dead or alive, just bring Eichmann back with you,” he said. His brow
furrowed as he reflected on this. “Preferably alive. It would be very important, morally, for the young generations of Israel.”
The large two-story house, code-named Tira (“palace”), had several advantages: easy access to both the capture area and the airport, an eight-foot-high perimeter wall, a gated entrance, no caretaker, and a garden and
veranda shielded from view by trees and dense shrubs.