The Meitar Collection: worth 200 million words

If, as the old saying goes, a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the Meitar Collection, with its 200,000 pictures, should be worth at least 200 million.

February 2, 2017 20:25
David Ben-Gurion

David Ben-Gurion, after his temporary resignation from the position of prime minister, arrives at his new home at Sde Boker, December 1953. (photo credit: BENO ROTHENBERG)


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How does one celebrate the end of a long, prosperous career in a way that will keep him busy in his retirement years? Zvi Meitar, founder and head of the third largest law firm in Israel; founder of a group of communications companies that included Golden Pages, Golden Channels and Amdocs; and financial benefactor of numerous cultural enterprises and universities, bought himself some photographs. In fact, he bought himself a lot of photographs – more than 200,000 images that now comprise the Meitar Collection, a private family-owned archive of fascinating, rarely seen pictures of the State of Israel in its early days.

Meitar died in 2015.


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