Sunday, April 14, 2013

Building the Archives

Back in the 1940s and 1950s, Israel faced various challenges such as housing the 50% of the populace which had just recently arrived, penniless, from devastated European or Arab lands. There was no time to think about many of the normal things countries spend their resources on. Things got better by-and-by, but the national archives never quite made it onto the list of institutions which could command full attention and, more important, budgets. And so, while some national archives look like this:
USA

Germany
Brazil

France

India

UK

Slovenia
The archives in Israel, sadly, looks like this
 And its streetfront looks like this
This morning the cabinet discussed the issue, and decided to adopt a proposal to have the state archives live in a more respective domicile. The idea is to team up with the Central Zionist Archvies, who already have an edifice, and build a joint structure which will serve both archives. Assuming this works out, the National Archives will be next to Binyanaei Hauma, in the middle of a new commercial area which the Jerusalem municiplaity is developing, alongside the new central train station, the existing central bus station, and, of course, the Calatrava bridge.

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