The poster pictured in this newsletter is on display around the City Jerusalem by Yad V’Shem, Israel’s National Holocaust Center. It shows my late brother Albert Blumenthal, way up front - and peeking through a crowd of youngsters, to watch the lighting of the Chanukia (menorah) in the Dutch Detention Camp of Westerbork in Holland circa 1942, prior to being taken over by the Nazis.
Of the 120,000 men, women & children deported from Camp Westerbork to concentration and extermination camps in Germany & Eastern Europe, 102,000 were doomed never to return alive. So you just have to know that most of the children in this photo never made it back alive at war's end.
At least it was a "happy" Chanukah on that particular night.
Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Hellenistic regime that was trying to eradicate Judaism.
This Friday night we light the 5th Chanukah candle, of a total of 8 that will be kindled, and pray for a world of love and peace. We also usher in tonight our Shabbat (Sabbath) and the new Jewish month of Tevet.
My wish to all, of all faiths, is a world of love and peace for people everywhere!