Ben Gurion House- What was prepared for Ben Gurion in his humble kitchen? How many books did he have in his personal library?
A new chapter has been opened into David Ben Gurion’s life as the documentary “Ben Gurion, Epilogue” is being shown in Jewish communities around the world. Directed by Yariv Mozer and produced by Yael Perlov, the film is an extension of David Perlov’s (Yael’s father) 1969 biographical film on David Ben Gurion’s life. “Ben Gurion, Epilogue”, shot 5 years after Ben Gurion’s resignation from office at his desert home in Sde Boker, is comprised of six hours of newly discovered interviews with Israel’s first Prime Minister. The documentary is a taste of the wonderful stories and experience that await visitors at Ben Gurion’s House in Tel Aviv…
David Ben Gurion and his wife Paula are identified by their ties to the Negev, their move to Sde Boker at the end of their lives, and of course, his role as the first Prime Minister of Eretz Israel; however, there remains a long, but often forgotten, story of his time in Tel Aviv.
David and Paula’s home was completed in 1939 and was located in the first workers’ neighborhood in Tel Aviv. The house itself, though humble, was full of historical importance and was the stage for many important events in the establishment of the Jewish state. In this home, the last edits of the Declaration of Independence were made and the final copy drawn up. From here, David Ben Gurion rushed to the old Museum of Tel Aviv, known today as Independence Hall, and by 4 pm that same day (May 14th, 1948) the State of Israel was born.
Today, the house remains exactly as it did when the couple resided there: the original furniture, living rooms, the humble kitchen (where Paula cooked, and Ben Gurion enjoyed, Kooch Mooch, a famous dessert of yogurt and apples) and of course, the rich library (open to visitors and holding more than 20,000 books). All of this allows the visitors to travel back in time and experience the home, and the historic events which it held, for themselves.
Ben Gurion House: Rothschild Boulevard 17, Tel Aviv
Courtesy of the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Site
Photo: Yaakov Saar, Government Press Office