German Interior Minister Notes Berlin Chanukah Miracle

German Interior Minister Notes Berlin Chanukah Miracle

Photos: David Osipov

The kindling of the menorah at Brandenburger Gate.

by Staff Writer - Berlin, Germany

December 17, 2014

At the Brandenburger Gate, where Germans once marked the rise of the Nazi party and Hitler announced his plans to make the world Judenrein, thousands joined government officials for the kindling of the Chanukah menorah.

“This event, in this location where the Nazis once rose, it is indeed a miracle that only a few decades later Jewish life is flourishing in Berlin,” Germany’s Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the crowd.

Berlin’s Mayor Michael Muller, Israeli Ambassador in Germany Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, and the ambassadors from Mexico, Netherlands, Austria, Hungary Poland and Slovenia to Germany, participated. Additionally, some 20 public menorahs stand tall at major intersections in Berlin.

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