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December 23, 2014 4:07 pm

Europe’s Biggest Menorah Stands at Brandenburg Gate in Germany Where Nazi Rallies Took Place

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Europe's largest menorah is erected in Berlin in front of the Brandenburg Gate. Rabbi Teichtal and the German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere went up in a cherry picker to light the first Hanukkah candle on Dec. 16. Photo:

Europe’s largest menorah is erected in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, a site once marked by hatred and racism where Nazi rallies took place.

“In the center of Germany, Europe’s largest menorah and one of the largest menorahs in the world stands tall at over 30 feet saying that light will always at the end prevail,” said Rabbi Yeuhuda Teichtal, head of the Chabad Lubavitch orthodox community in Berlin. “The message is today, with all the challenges we face, with all the anti-Semitic acts we unfortunately have to experience, nevertheless we are here and we will continue with acts of goodness and kindness.”

Thousands of Berliners gathered outside on Dec. 16 to watch Teichtal and German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere light the first Hanukkah candle on the menorah. Other dignitaries present at the ceremony included Mayor Michael Müller, Israeli Ambassador Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, and German parliament members Maria Böhmer and Petra Pau. Chabad has lit a menorah on same site for over a decade, reported.

Teichtal told NPR Berlin there is nothing more symbolic than lighting the candles in front of the Brandenburg Gate, which he described as “a center of darkness and of evil where Hitler stood.”

“Today, 5,000 people, coming with the Minister of the Interior of Germany and the Mayor of Berlin, said that light will win over darkness and democracy over tyranny,” he said after the lighting ceremony on Dec. 16. He told the crowd that gathered, “We’re here and we’re proud, living in a land of democracy and respect.”

Teichtal moved to Germany from the U.S. 18 years ago because the country needed new rabbis, according to NPR Berlin. He set up Germany’s first yeshiva, or Jewish school, since the Nazis shut them down in the 1940s. New rabbis are now graduating in Germany at a new rabbinical college in Potsdam.

Germany’s Jewish community is widely considered to be the fastest growing Jewish community in the world, NPR Berlin reported. A few thousand Jews survived in Germany after World War II but now more than 200,000 live in the country. The biggest local community is in Berlin and includes many Israelis who moved to Germany from Tel Aviv.

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  • Ludmila C

    Poor germans… they will pay hard for still 1000 years.

  • Dave

    Nine middle fingers to Humanity, what an insult to the defeated beleaguered Germany. I hope it gets knocked down like a Palestinians home.

  • Dave

    Where are the other 12 comments to this article? I detect some censorship.

  • Observer

    While a crucifix would incite the yowls of all secularists, democrats, anti-Christians and other self-annointed goodniks, the religiuos symbol of the Menorah does not.
    There is something very, very wrong here. The erection of the symbols of Jewish triumph, also at the White House, is deeply disturbing.

  • Mary

    What an affront to the Germans.

    • Iain

      It certainly is an affront when you consider the Jews betrayed Germany in WW1 and in 1933. Plus when you realize through some research that Hitler was attempting to avoid war with generous offers to Poland to settle the Danzig Corridor impasse. All attempts by Hitler, including a standing offer for peace with Britain and France were being sabotaged by collusion between Churchill and Roosevelt to bring Germany to war.

    • Bobby

      German is not a free nation, but an occupied nation,under eternal foreign control as is evident when one reads the details on the results and decisions after the Nuremburg War crime’s trial,etc.The present German government is a big con job on the German populace.

  • Name

    Jesus is the light of the world. Not some menorah which is a worldly light – which is ok as far as it goes but the true light is the light of God, it is the light of truth and justice (God’s kind of justice not mans – Gods’ justice is distributive and restorative while mankinds justice is punitive).

  • Eileen K.

    Here in the US, Christians, who make up the vast majority of the population, are forbidden to display their religious symbols on public ground during their Holidays, such as Christmas; and Christmas carols are banned from public schools; so are religious symbols such as the Nativity scenes. Yet, Jews are free to display their Menorahs on public ground during Hanukkah.
    The US, as a Constitutional Republic, may not institute a state religion, only guarantee religious liberty; that means, the state is not permitted under the Constitution to ban any religious symbols on public ground during a religious holiday. This includes Christian symbols during Christmas. If a Menorah can be displayed during Hanukkah, certainly, a Nativity scene can be displayed during Christmas. This is religious liberty, a fundamental right. What the US has done within the past six years is that it has violated this fundamental right to religious freedom by instituting Judaism as the state religion. Right now, there’s a 20-foot high Menorah in front of the White House for everyone to see; but there’s no Nativity scene; and, it’s Christmas. Something’s terribly wrong here.

  • HM

    All Jews are not evil but in their refusal to admonish their evil tribesmen who manipulates every evil deed on this planet makes them complicit. If one wants to call out the Jewish bankers enslaving humanity the average Jew screams ” Anti Semite” and hangs a tag around my neck instead of debating the facts. I hold Jews like that complicit to the evil deeds of their brethren. I also detest the Jewish role in promoting race mixing in Europe and when they make statements like: “Norway is too white” Google that and see who made that statement. That is exactly the type of thing that will cause a worse repeat from what you have seen in WW2. Jews should rather spend their time and energy to stop the evil in their own midst than attack white people who wants to protect that which is their own. Stop calling Jews like Gilad Azmon and Brother Nathanael “self hating Jews” and rather follow their example. Jews will then become much more liked.

  • hp

    Half of Europe has had their free speech neutered.
    Not “allowed” to say 6-4=2. Nope. 6-4=6 and if you say anything different you’ll be arrested and prosecuted.

    Very impressive.

  • brandi peters

    the jews are gods chosen people jesus was a jew six million jews died in the holocaust the jews are gods chosen people jesus was a jew six million jews died in the holocaust

    • Dave

      I guess they don’t call us sheep for nothing.

    • Observer

      Jesus was from Galilee, where Jews did not live. So, Jesus was probably not a Jew. He called himself king of the Jews. That does not make him a Jew, only their king. Unfortunately for them, they refused him and hated him more than anything in the world-to this very day.
      Very impressive, Jewish thinking, behavior and action.
      It’s unlike anything the world over is known and considered acceptable.

  • US Jew

    Dont be lulled into a false sense of security. Pre WW2 Jews believed they were Germans first. That didn’t work out well. Europe’s ignorant masses have a long history of anti semitism. If that isn’t enough, Europe is being overrun by Muslims.
    It’s time for Jews to leave Europe for good. Get out while you still can.
    My parents described pre war Europe as very close to what’s happening now. Slightly different players.
    Both were holocaust survivors.

    • hp

      Of course they were.

    • US Gentile

      I agree US Jew! As a European American Muslim, I concur with your idea about Jews leaving Europe for good. While you are at it, will you take all your people with you and leave America as well? By the way, Merry Christmas!

    • mothman777

      ” Europe’s ignorant masses have a long history of anti semitism.”

      The Jewish Talmud; “Even the best of Gentiles should all be killed”.

      Israeli Jew Pam Geller recently called for all of Europe to be nuked by Israel if Iran ever attacks Israel.

      The Israeli Samson Option of nuclear destruction of all other nations on Earth has been threatened several times by Golda Meir, Martin Van Creveld, and other senior Israeli military figures. Such threats would, if made by any other people, be held as having been made by criminal terrorists, but of course, even to mention these facts in the present Stalinist political climate is sufficient ‘reason’ to be called ‘racist’ oneself.

      Jewish scientists invented the atom bomb, the nuclear bomb, and the neutron bomb. What a strange mindset they have.

      The Zohar, which is the commentary on the Torah, states that when the Jewish messiah comes (many consider this to be the eagerly anticipated reincarnation of the racist Chabad Lubavitcher Rabbi Schneerson), all Gentiles will be exterminated from the Earth and their souls sent to hell under the Angel Duma.

      The Rabbi Schneerson is held by many Jews to be the coming true messiah of the Jews when he reincarnates.
      This (late) Chabad Lubavitcher leading rabbi, whose sect continues to influence and control many of the most powerful politicians in the world today, including Putin and Obama, had this to say about Gentiles, taken from CounterPunch,
      ‘Why is the US Honoring a Racist Rabbi?’
      by ALISON WEIR

      Some of Schneerson’s rarely reported teachings:

      “The difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish person stems from the common expression: “Let us differentiate.” Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather, we have a case of “let us differentiate” between totally different species.”

      “This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world … The difference in the inner quality between Jews and non-Jews is “so great that the bodies should be considered as completely different species.”

      “An even greater difference exists in regard to the soul. Two contrary types of soul exist, a non-Jewish soul comes from three satanic spheres, while the Jewish soul stems from holiness.”

      “As has been explained, an embryo is called a human being, because it has both body and soul. Thus, the difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish embryo can be understood.”

      “…the general difference between Jews and non-Jews: A Jew was not created as a means for some [other] purpose; he himself is the purpose, since the substance of all [divine] emanations was created only to serve the Jews.”

      “The important things are the Jews, because they do not exist for any [other] aim; they themselves are [the divine] aim.”

      “The entire creation [of a non-Jew] exists only for the sake of the Jews.”

      “Most people don’t know about this aspect of Schneerson’s teaching because, according to Shahak and Mezvinsky, such teachings are intentionally minimized, mistranslated, or hidden entirely.”

      • Observer

        These quotes are always to be kept in mind when Jewish values are held up as an ideal.

    • Bobby

      Everything you wrote is true U.S.Jew. Jews considered themselves German and did get a raw deal. However what you say about Europe being over run by Moslems is also true,but you fail to mention that many organized Jewish groups are facilitating the immigration of Moslems into Europe. True or not true?? I’d like to know if what I have read on this topic is true.

  • The fact that Germany has given the Jewish People a welcome leaves us all to admire the German People. These people as we all know were responsible for the slaughter of 6 million Jews. The German nation should be proud of themselves for recognizing their past and acting accordingly.

    • US Gentile

      Mr. Flecker,
      I do not know which country you are from, but I see you have been indoctrinated in Western Holocaustianity. If you are Jewish, I guess it is not your fault. If you are a Gentile, I am sorry for your lack of pride and wisdom. I pray that one day you will awaken to the truth. Some of us Germans still have pride without guilt that will never fade away. By the way, Merry Christmas.