Gabriel Bach, an Israeli prosecutor who prosecuted the infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann in 1961 and became Chief Justice of Israel’s Supreme Court, has died at the age of 94.
Gabriel Bach passed away on Friday, according to the Israel Judiciary Authority. No cause of death was disclosed.
He fled Germany in 1938, one year before World War – II broke out, with his family. In March 1927, Bach was born in Germany. His eventual immigration to the British Mandate for Palestine took place in 1940.
Gabriel Bach was selected in 1982 to be the first Israeli Supreme Court justice, a role he held for 15 years.
During Eichmann’s high profile trial in Jerusalem, he served as a state’s attorney and gathered evidence under Gideon Hausner, the lead prosecutor in the case.
The Israeli Mossad agents captured Eichmann in 1960, just outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eichmann was one of Nazi Germany’s main organizers of the Holocaust.
Trials were held in Jerusalem in 1961, where he was found guilty of crimes against humanity and crimes against the Jewish people as well as war crimes. He was executed in 1962.
Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot cemetery was to lay Gabriel Bach to rest on Sunday.