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HANUKAH LIGHT UNTO THE PAST IN PRESENT TIMES

Hewn from white Jerusalem stone, an impressive memorial to the children who perished in the Holocaust is situated just a few meters from the home of kibbutz born and raised sculptor and collector of Judaica, Aviram Paz. Having taken a particularly heart-wrenching feature from the late 1940’s created Shoah memorial - a desperate mother trying to protect her terrified child – Paz has sculpted from a large chunk of olive wood a very special, poignant Hanukiah for the approaching Festival of Lights celebrations. The eight hand forged chunky iron candle holders placed at the mother and child’s feet are representative of the fire and smoke emanating from the crematorium chimney stacks, emphasizing the connection between the celebration of the miracle of Hanukah and the devastation but also survival of European Jewry from Hitler, the Nazis and their henchmen. Completed in 1946, the memorial to the children who died in the Holocaust was created by Polish born Zeev Ben-Zvi who emigrated to Briti…

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