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Paula (Munweis) Ben Gurion

Famous for:

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Being an anarchist


Paula Munweis Ben Gurion (1892-1968), a Russian-American, met David Ben Gurion on his first trip to the United States. They married in 1917. He later said of her, “she was not a Zionist, she had very little Jewish feeling, she was an anarchist. She had no interest in Israel.” She thought America was a better place to live and her anarchism made her reflexively against Zionism and the creation of a Jewish state. But David convinced her to move there with him, and she remained his closest confidant and advisor for the rest of her life.


Appears in

Episode 38

Connected To

David Ben Gurion