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

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…

  • winniec

    The words are well chosen: “The light prevails.” The motto of the Czech Republic is “The truth prevails.” This come from the Gospel of John: “The light shone in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.” The present darkness of ISIS is doomed to fail.

    • UCSPanther

      I think there is hope for places like Germany. They survived the darkness of Nazi Rule and they have a good chance of surviving the darkness of Islamic Fundamentalist and “Progressive” ideology…

  • DMB

    A good news story of the day. One day I would like to see a large menorah placed over what used to be a mosque. One can only hope of course!

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I’d chip in a sizable portion of my net worth for that one, but only on the condition that it HAS to happen.

    • Maurixio Garcia S

      You have to wait for a century for that to happen,until people here run out patience and turn wild with no mercy at all with the Muslims.