Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Sad Tale of Mekor Haim Street

For the past 20 years, the ISA has been housed in temporary quarters on Mekor Haim Street near the commercial area of Talpiyot in Jerusalem. Someday, we'll move to a real building meant to house the national archives - though, truth be told, we have other, more pressing challenges to face (here, for example, or here). In the meantime, however, we're situated on what was once, many years ago, a quiet residential lane, but now looks like this:

Ah, the good old times...

Or not. Just the other day someone showed me these two English-language letters from 1940, from which one can learn that in March 1940, and also in May, Mekor Haim was anything but a quiet residential lane. Not at all.

Which just goes to show that on Mekor Haim St, the temporary is decidedly permanent.

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