Jewish Actor Nick Kroll Discusses His Role of Mossad Agent in ‘Operation Finale’
Jewish actor Nick Kroll talked on Wednesday about his new role in a film that tells the story of the Mossad’s 1960 capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The American-born actor, 40, plays Rafi Eitan, the head of the Mossad team that traveled to Argentina with the goal of bringing Eichmann back to Israel to stand trial.
Kroll told the website Hey Alma that he never met Eitan, but an exhibit about “Operation Finale” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City helped him prepare for his role in the film. Eitan’s team members struggled with being in Eichmann’s presence and not killing him, and Kroll talked to the website about what he would do if presented with the same dilemma.
“I’d like to believe I’d do what Rafi did, which was [stick to] their mission: capture Eichmann, extract him from Argentina, and bring him back for trial in Israel,” Kroll said.
He noted, however, that he lost relatives in the Holocaust and “if you had people directly in your life who died or who were killed in the Holocaust, it’s so hard to say what your reaction would be. And I would say the same for myself — as someone who’s an American-born Jew, now a few generations removed from the Holocaust — I’d like to say that I would be someone who would be seeking justice in a trial for Eichmann.”
“I think it’s a really interesting and useful lesson, now as much as then, about whether we try to seek justice or vengeance,” Kroll added. “Vengeance oftentimes perpetuates the cycle of violence and hate.”
The actor also discussed the rise of antisemitism around the world and said Jews had a “responsibility as fellow humans, and also as people who know what it is like to have gone through a genocide,” to help end worldwide conflicts where genocide is taking place.
He continued, “It’s our responsibility not only to never forget, but to do our best to never let it be repeated, to Jews or to anyone around the world who is being discriminated against or terrorized for who they are.”
Watch the trailer for “Operation Finale,” also starring Lior Raz and Ben Kingsley, below: