GRAPEVINE Capturing Adolf Eichmann

Music workshops, an Israeli comic opera, and 50 years marking the capture of Adolf Eichmann.

People look at displays at an exhibition about Adolf Eichmann in Berlin in 2011. (photo credit: REUTERS)
People look at displays at an exhibition about Adolf Eichmann in Berlin in 2011.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
■ SOMETIMES YOU have to go abroad to learn about things that happened at home. Although Israel had already commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Adolf Eichmann trial and the execution of the Nazi who had been one of the architects of the final solution for the problem of the Jewish people, not too much attention was paid to him afterward.
Eichmann was captured by Mossad agents and tried in Jerusalem in a riveting case that made international headlines. Several years later, a much younger Mossad member, Avner Avraham, a communications specialist, learned that there was still a great deal of Eichmann-related material in the Mossad archives.
Avraham received special permission to look at the Eichmann files and, in addition to documents, he found many artifacts that inspired him to go back to university to learn how to be a curator.
He subsequently received permission to curate an Eichmann exhibition, which he has supplemented with additional artifacts which were loaned or donated by family members whose relatives had their fate decided by Eichmann.
The exhibition, titled “Operation Finale: The capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann,” produced in cooperation with Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, is led by chief curator Dr. Orit Shaham Gover, who worked closely with Avraham. Earlier this year, the exhibition was on view at museums in Cleveland and Chicago, and on July 16 it opened in an expanded format at the Museum of Jewish Heritage at the Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan. The exhibition, which is part of the museum’s anniversary celebrations, will remain on view till December 22.
■ THE TEL AVIV Arts Council is hosting Albert, an Israeli comic opera, plus wine and discussion with the creators Oded Lifshitz, who wrote the play, and Moshe Zorman, who composed the music.
Directed by Sivan Handelsman, conducted by Dor Magen, and performed by the International Zamboki Vocal Arts Masterclass Opera Ensemble, the production is in Hebrew with a synopsis in English.
The event, which is intended for young patrons of the arts, will be held on August 6 at Tzavta at 30 Ibn Gavirol Street.
The plot of the opera revolves around Albert, who at age 70 still has an overactive libido and an uncontrollable passion for women. In an attempt to rid himself of this problem, he embarks on a soulsearching journey, which is full of fun but takes him on the road to hell.
■ THE KESHET EILON Music Center at Kibbutz Eilon near the Lebanese border holds music workshops each summer for young musicians and music teachers from abroad; this year attracting 60 musicians from 24 countries. In addition to participating in the workshops, the young musicians give concerts, the first of which was held on Monday of this week. On Saturday night, July 29, there is a concert for the public with Itamar Golan and students at the Bar Uryan Hall at 5 p.m. and another at 8:15 p.m. with Iskandar Widjaja at the kibbutz’s acoustic shell