Ben-Gurion's Hut

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Ben-Gurion's Hut

Ben-Gurion's Hut (Hebrew: צריף בן גוריון‎, Tzrif Ben Gurion) was the retirement home of Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and his wife Paula (Pola) from the years 1953 until Ben-Gurion's death in 1973. The "hut", located on Kibbutz Sde Boker, was preserved exactly as it was left by the Ben-Gurion and now serves as a museum with a visitor's center operated by the Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute.

Ben-Gurion's move[edit]

In 1952, on a tour of Southern Israel, Ben-Gurion passed by a small community with only a hut and a few tents – Sde Boker. He stopped to greet the founders of the community, who he believed we're doing a great service to the new found State by building up the desert. Later, he sent a letter to the community wishing them luck and confiding in them his "jealousy" of their humble lifestyle.

In 1953, Ben-Gurion and his wife joined the Kibbutz and moved into the hut. His move can be attributed to Ben-Gurion's wish to settle the Negev desert and lead by personal example. Additionally, he wished to disconnect from the pressures of his job and move to a remote part of the desert.

Return to premiership[edit]

In 1955, Ben-Gurion was re-elected Prime Minister. Throughout his term which lasted until 1963, Ben-Gurion resided in his home in Sde Boker, and he continued living there until his death in 1973.

Today[edit]

Per Ben-Gurion's request in his will, the hut and everything inside remained intact and open to the public.[1] A museum documenting the life and writings of Ben-Gurion was built at the site of the hut and attracts many tourists each year.[2] A special focus was put on Ben-Gurion's vision to build up and settle the Negev Desert.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute
  2. ^ [2], Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute Overseas Welcome

Coordinates: 30°52′27″N 34°47′21″E / 30.87417°N 34.78917°E / 30.87417; 34.78917