Following his death in 1994, Sir Harold Acton bequeathed La Pietra in Florence, Italy and his fortune to New York University, so that the villa and its collections could be preserved and the 57-acre estate, including four other villas, could be used for academic purposes.
"The death of six million Jews had finally been given meaning, he kept saying over and over again. It had happened. After two thousand years, it had finally happened. We were a people again, with our own land. We were a blessed generation. We had been given the opportunity to see the creation of the Jewish state." I want to go soooo bad!