Zvi Aharoni

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Zvi Aharoni
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Born Hermann Arndt
(1921-02-06)February 6, 1921
Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
Died May 26, 2012(2012-05-26) (aged 91)
England
Known for Capture of Adolf Eichmann

Zvi Aharoni (צבי אהרוני; February 6, 1921 – May 26, 2012) was an Israeli Mossad agent instrumental in the capture of Adolf Eichmann.[1]

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Hermann Arndt (later Zvi Aharoni) was born in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. He immigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1938 as a boy. After serving in the British Army, he joined the Israeli secret service and spent 20 years as a Nazi-hunter. He is the Mossad agent who identified "Ricardo Klement" as Eichmann.[2]

Aharoni flew to Buenos Aires and tracked down the family’s house in a remote neighborhood on the outskirts of town. On March 19, 1960, he spotted Eichmann. In his account of the capture, Aharoni wrote: "I saw him about two o'clock in the afternoon...a man of medium size and build, about fifty years old, with a high forehead and partially bald, collecting the washing."[3] He photographed Eichmann using a camera hidden in a bag.[4][5]

After retiring from the Mossad in the 1970s, Aharoni became a businessman in Hong Kong and China before settling in Devon, England, with his second wife Valerie, his first wife having died in 1973. At his death in 2012, aged 91, he was survived by Valerie and by a son and daughter from his previous marriage.

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