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Weizmann’s home in Belarus sold

A Belarusian political scientist bought the house where Israel’s first president was born.

Sergey Musienko would not reveal how much he paid for the building in Motol village where Chaim Weizmann was born in 1874. The village was part of Poland until 1939, when western Belarus was incorporated into the Soviet Union. 

Weizmann’s family left Motol in 1894.

The home has changed hands several times. Soviet institutions were housed there in the mid-20th century. Private owners owned the home for the past few decades. About a month ago the owners announced they would sell it for $15,000.

The research center EcooM, headed by Musienko, plans to create a cultural center devoted to Weizmann.

“This center will attract historians, tourists and people who are interested in history,” Musienko was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

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