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Bet Aaronson (Aaronson House)
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About halfway down Hameyasdim Street is Bet Aaronson, whose late-19th-century architecture successfully combines art nouveau and Middle Eastern traditions. This museum was once the home of the agronomist Aaron Aaronson (1876–1919), who gained international fame for his discovery of an ancestor of modern wheat. The house remains as it looked after World War I, with family photographs and French and Turkish furniture, as well as Aaronson's library, diaries, and letters.
Aaronson and his two sisters became local heroes as leaders of an underground group called NILI dedicated to ousting the Turks from Palestine. Both sisters were in love with Aaron's assistant, Absalom Feinberg, who was killed in an ambush in the Gaza Strip. His remains were recovered some 50 years later from a grave marked simply by a date tree, the tree having sprouted from some dates in Feinberg's pockets. A tour in English is provided; the last one takes place at 1:30 pm.
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