Menorah candle
Menorah candle

Even though we don't celebrate anything Jewish people normally celebrate like Passover, Yom Kippur or Shabbat I am still technically Jewish. My great grandfather’s menorah he gave to us before he died shows that. Every once and a while during Christmas we also light the menorah. We don't do anything people normally do during Hanukkah like give presents; we just light a candle each day for 12 days.  My great grandfather migrated with his parents from Warsaw, Poland during WW2. He migrated to America just before the war got too bad and almost impossible to escape. My family’s story is unique because there were a lot of Jews that died during WW2 in Warsaw, Poland, and my great-grandpa and his parents were lucky enough to survive and safely escape Poland. My family story doesn’t connect to anyone I know directly that I am aware of, but I know that there are other people that survived or escaped Warsaw during WW2. But I am sure that not many people are able to say that their great grandpa survived WW2, was 77 years old when he died and worked out every day with Parkinson’s. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer around a week before he died.  But before he died he would go out every day to the park and work out by doing push-ups, pull-ups and a lot of other workouts for a couple of hours. Even with his Parkinson’s he powered through it every day because he loved it.

Place(s): poland

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Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more