Peter Zvi Malkin
(), (May 27, 1927 – March 1, 2005), was an Israeli secret agent
, and member of the Mossad
intelligence agency. Malkin was part of the team that captured Adolf Eichmann
in Argentina in 1960 and brought him to Israel to stand trial.
Malkin was born in Lower Silesia, a province of Germany prior to 1945, currently Zolkiewka
, to an observant Jewish family.Samuel Schafler, Hadassah Magazine
October 1990, p. 37, review of Eichmann in My Hands
, Peter Malkin and Harry Stein In 1936, his family fled to Palestine
to escape the rising tide of German anti-Semitism
; his sister, Fruma, and her three children who remained behind with 150 other relatives, died in the Holocaust
. At the age of twelve, Malkin was recruited into the Haganah
. In 1950, he was invited to join the new Jewish state's fledgling security service as an explosives expert.
Malkin spent 27 years in the Mossad, first as an agent and later as Chief of Operations. As Chief of Operations he played a major role in the capture of Israel Beer
, a Soviet
spy who had penetrated the highest levels of Israeli government. He also led an operation against Nazi nuclear rocket
scientists who assisted an Egyptian
weapons development program after World War II
Malkin's most famous mission was on May 11, 1960, when he and a team of Mossad agents led by Rafi Eitan
captured Adolf Eichmann
, a top Nazi official who played a principal role in organizing the......