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Dec 10, 2012 13:00
Category: Religious News

Holocaust Survivor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — This Hanukkah has special meaning for a Holocaust survivor in Ohio who turns 100 this week.

Abe Weinrib was selected to light the first candle on a 13-foot public menorah in Columbus on Saturday evening.

Weinrib told the Columbus Dispatch "it's a miracle" that he survived six years in Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz.

He remembers giving a portion of his bread to other prisoners, having a job dragging corpses to ditches and seeing then-Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower cry over the carnage.

The rabbi who led the menorah lighting said Weinrib would "rather light one candle representing kindness and good deeds" than blow out 100 candles on his birthday.

Hanukkah, which runs through sundown on Dec. 16, commemorates the reclamation by the Maccabees of the Second Jewish Temple after it was desecrated by Syrian Greeks in the second century B.C.