Hanukkah - The Festival of Lights

Before, During and After the Holocaust

Hanukkah menorah from Kiel, Germany

The Posner family left Germany in 1933 and arrived in Eretz Israel in 1934.

On the back of this photograph, Rachel Posner wrote:

"Juda verrecke"
die Fahne spricht
"Juda lebt ewig"
erwidert das Licht"

"Death to Judah"
So the flag says
"Judah will live forever"
So the light answers

Research into the photograph, conducted in preparation for the opening of the Holocaust History Museum, succeeded in tracing the Posner family who agreed to loan the Hanukkah menorah (which they still light every year) for the exhibition. Both the Hanukkah menorah and the photograph are displayed in Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum.

Credits: Posner Family Estate, courtesy of Shulamit Mansbach, Haifa, Israel
Photographer: Rachel Posner