By ALAN SMASON
It’s been a busy week at the National World War II Museum as they officially opened the Hall of Democracy and broke ground on the Liberation Pavilion, which will catalog the history of the liberation of the concentration and death camps by the Allies.
At the Hall of Democracy, the first curated exhibit in the Senator John Alario, jr. Special Exhibit Hall was opened to the public last night, Thursday, October 17.
“Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann” tells the story of how Mossad, the Israel Secret Service, launched a secret operation to verify the identity of the escaped Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichman and then to secret him away to Israel, where he stood trial for complicity in the deaths of six million Jews and others as part of the Nazis’ “final solution” for the Jews of Europe.
Mossad agent Avner Abraham was in New Orleans to explain details of the operation, which took eleven different Mossad agents from Israel to Europe and then to Argentina, where an El Al airplane transported them all back to Tel Aviv.
The story was detailed in the Steven Spielberg movie of the same title released last year and starring Ben Kingsley. Abraham served as a consultant and appeared in the film.
Meanwhile, the official groundbreaking of the Liberation Pavilion occurred yesterday morning as part of the opening of the Hall of Democracy.
Museum officials and major donors were on hand to turn the dirt with ceremonial golden shovels to denote the beginning of construction on the next phase of construction at the museum.
The Liberation Pavilion will be the final addition to the museum’s master plan and will eventually stand three stories tall. The final resolution of the Holocaust, the post-war years and the impact of the Holocaust will be explored. Plans also call for a massive interfaith chapel along with the capability to display cinema and other multimedia presentations.
(Editor’s note: More photos and details on this story will be published after the Succot holidays are over.)