The establishment of Yigal Allon Center
Yigal Allon passed away on Friday, February 12, 1980.
With his sudden death, many of his friends have decided to establish an educational memorial project at his kibbutz, Genosar, on the shores of the Kinneret, near the grove of Genosar where Yigal Allon held “Spring Meetings” for Jews and Arabs.
Allon’s friends, the Palmach, the Kibbutz Movement and the Labor Movement joined forces with the Israeli government headed by the late Menachem Begin for the establishment of Yigal Allon memorial project.
All partner sought a way of commemorating Allon’s personality and multilateral activities on the one hand, while expressing the Galilee, the area where he lived, grew, fought, operated and built his home and his family.
The lever for the idea of the museum and the educational center was originated by Allon’s words: “Education is an introduction to the world of national and human culture, the development of an individual’s autonomous thinking and the cultivation of his creative and intellectual abilities are of paramount importance.”
After extensive discussions, a decision was made – the main theme of the museum would be a man in the Galilee.
In the program of the museum, Muki Tzur wrote: “Yigal’s strength was in his modesty, his determination, the creation of the tools out of responsibility, personal loyalty, embodied in his ability not to be carried away by putting his personality in the center it is precisely for this reason that he has gained such a creative and active life… The commemoration project in his memory must bear a similar character: his personality must emerge from the memory enterprise on its various circles”.
Allon’s Personal memorial rooms are located in the tower of the museum, displaying original items from Yigal Allon’s estate: symbols, books, pictures, maps, his personal diary, drafts and notes, milestones in his personal and public life.
“I do not have property, I do not have capital, the biggest assets I have are my friends” Yigal Allon.