Saturday, Dec 25, 1943
If it was a good year in the store, my mother and her family would be celebrating too but always mindful of family back in Europe. There, Jews continue to celebrate Hanukkah in any way they can. As accounts by Holocaust survivors make clear, even one tiny flame was a precious testament to their survival and hope for the future. Bombing raids escalate over Berlin and German bases on the French coast. Headlines blast the news that Eisenhower is to be commander of the imminent invasion. Will he be a modern-day Maccabee rescuing the Jews of Europe? Undeterred by the news, the Nazis have looted and burned whole Greek villages over the last three months and left over 100,000 Greeks homeless in the middle of winter (New York Times, p. 5). In his Christmas message, Goebbels urges Germans to have “a stout heart” and “patience” while promising them “certain victory.” On the Home Front, stores are closed on Christmas Day.