published: 02.12.2013, 13:50 | updated: 02.12.2013 14:22:55
Prague - A rare Hanukkah candelabrum from the Czech Republic will decorate the ceremonial rooms of the White House in Washington on the occasion of the Jewish Hanukkah feast as from Thursday on the initiative of Norman Eisen, U.S. ambassador to Prague, CTK learnt today.
The candelabrum was loaned for this purpose by the Prague Jewish Musum from its collection.
The embassy´s representatives took it over today and they will send it overseas to U.S. President Barack Obama´s seat.
It is not the first Hanukkah candelabrum from the Czech Republic that will decorate the White House. Four years ago, the White House borrowed another one from the Jewish Museum at the request of the U.S. First Lady Michele Obama.
The previous candelabrum came from Prostejov, south Moravia, while this year its origin is Hrusov, north Moravia.
"Its story, like the stories of its donators, remind of the fateful history of the Jewish community in Bohemia and Moravia in the first half of the 20th century. The lights kindled on the candelabrum after more than 70 years will more than symbolically express the belief in the victory of good over evil, freedom over repression, and knowledge over ignorance," Jana Havlikova, from the Jewish Museum, told CTK.
The eight-day Hanukkah feast celebrates the victory of light over darkness and freedom over suppression.
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