The other day, a group of us visited David Ben-Gurion’s house in Sde Boker, the kibbutz in the Negev where he retired with his wife Paula in 1953, when the former prime minister was 67. The place is now a museum. I found the house charming, though friends pointed out that the site had a colonial element– the age of the olive trees suggesting that it was built on Palestinian lands. Not to mention the stone tablets on the walkways with Ben-Gurion quotes, urging Jews to colonize the Negev.
I missed some things in this tour. The portrait of Gandhi on the bedroom wall. The book, the Indestructible Jews on the bedside table. As Allison Deger pointed out the other day, the couple kept separate bedrooms, Ben-Gurion liked to stay up late reading. I believe I entered his bedroom at :40 or so. Notice his slippers by the bed. Paula Ben-Gurion died in 1968, David Ben-Gurion in 1973.