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Israelis You Should Know: Peter Malkin

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Name: Peter Malkin

Life: May 27, 1927 – March 1, 2005

Known for: Malkin was an Israeli secret agent, and was part of the team that captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960 and brought him to Israel to stand trial.

About him: Peter Malkin was born in 1927, and spent his early childhood in Poland before his family immigrated to what was then British Mandate Palestine (now the modern state of Israel) in 1936 to escape the rising tide of anti-Semitism. At age 12, Malkin became part of the Haganah, the Jewish army that was the precursor to the Israel Defense Forces.

In 1950, Malkin joined Israel's newly formed security service as an explosives expert. He went on to spend 27 years in the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, and eventually became the Mossad's Chief of Operations. His most famous mission was on May 11, 1960, when he and a team of Mossad agents captured Adolf Eichmann, a top Nazi official who played a principal role in organizing the Holocaust.

In 1989, Malkin was called "one of the greatest figures ever in the history of the Mossad" by Israeli newspaper Maariv. Israeli journalist Uri Dan also called him "an extraordinary secret warrior." 

After Malkin retired from the Mossad, he took up painting, wrote five books, and served as a private international consultant on anti-terrorism methods. He passed away on March 1, 2005.

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