Silver Menorah


This menorah belonged to my great-grandparents. It is an object used by people of the Jewish faith during Chanukah in which one candle is lit each night. This menorah is originally from Austria, and was brought to America by my great-grandparents when they immigrated in the late 1930s. 
My great-grandparents were Jewish and saw the persecution of the Jewish people that was beginning around them in Austria. Because of this, they decided to move to America in the late 1930s, and were able to leave before they were persecuted themselves. When moving, my great-grandparents could not bring much with them, so the fact that they chose to bring this menorah shows its importance to them. This menorah connected my great grandparents to their Jewish values and the values and traditions that they had in Austria. It demonstrates how they believed it was important to carry on these values and traditions once they moved to America. Once in America, my great-grandparents used this menorah with my grandmother every Chanukah. My grandmother now uses this menorah when my family visits her every Chanukah as well. 
My grandmother has continued to share the values that my great-grandparents placed so much significance on with my family members today, helping to perpetuate the legacy that they brought with them to America. Just as this menorah has belonged to my great-grandparents and grandmother, one day I will use this menorah with my family to remind them of their past. 

Place(s): Austria, New York

– Alexa

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