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What an inheritance!

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As the list above indicates there is probably nothing more divisive in families then who gets what after a death. Where there is a will there’s often a war rather than a way.

My grandfather had a farm in Africa, which he left for his grandchildren. Part of the farm he gifted to the University of Witwatersrand because of the caves on it. Being an old Litvak more interested in cattle than caves, he was happy to give it to the excited anthropologists and paleontologists, who for many years had been studying fossils found there.

Today the caves are part of a World Heritage site because of the many hominid (Mrs. Piles and Little Foot) and other fossils dating back more than 4 million years. They are called the Sterkfontein caves which is Afrikaans for strong spring possibly because of the underground lake in one of the caves. On Google, the site boasts that they are now home to a top restaurant and conference facilities.

The caves had been donated to the University long before my grandfather died and every Christmas, he would receive a box of chocolates in grateful thanks! The farm was sold off a few years after his death much to the chagrin of some family members who felt that it was sold off too cheaply. Despite this, I felt that my grandfather left a legacy, even if unrecognised-and I couldn’t find his name mentioned in any official........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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