Hanukkah Night 3: Jews celebrate in secret

Friday, Dec 24, 1943

While Hanukkah was never a significant religious holiday, it took on special importance to Jews in labor and concentration camps. Jews risked their lives to light a candle or two. Any small amount of real food was cause for celebration, as these two Holocaust survivors tell us. In the first account, a survivor describes stopping to light Hanukkah candles as his family crossed Romania. In the second, a woman describes her observance in a labor camp. Meanwhile, Allied bombers were pounding Berlin and other German cities while Bob Hope broadcast a very special upbeat Christmas Eve program to “our boys.”

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