COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The start of Hanukkah Saturday night will have special meaning for a Holocaust survivor who turns 100 next week in Ohio.
Abe Weinrib was selected to light the first candle on a 13-foot public menorah at Easton Town Center in Columbus Saturday evening. Hanukkah runs through sundown Dec. 16.
Weinrib tells The Columbus Dispatch (bit.ly/RJIH5k) that it was a miracle that he survived the Holocaust, the Nazi campaign to eliminate Jews in Europe.
Weinrib was in his 20s working in Polish factories owned by his uncle when he was arrested. He spent six years imprisoned in camps, including the notorious Auschwitz.
Hanukkah commemorates the reclamation by the Maccabees of the Second Jewish Temple after it was desecrated by Syrian Greeks in the second century B.C.