In Pictures / Jews around the world celebrate Hanukkah

Some 1,500 Jews attended a candle-lighting ceremony at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate Tuesday night, to commemorate the first of eight nights of Hanukkah, according to the Chabad Movement.

According to Chabad, as they stood together singing the Hanukkah hymn “Maoz Tzur”, the Jewish residents, tourists and VIPs of Berlin celebrated the victory of light over darkness in a country that, less than a century ago, tried to annihilate them.

Built in 1788, the Brandenburg Gate was used by the Nazis as a party symbol. Hours after Hitler’s formal rise to power on January 30, 1933, thousands of uniformed men and women flooded the Brandenburg Gate in a torch-lit rally to applaud the new Nazi era.


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