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Today in Heritage History, 1997, for the first time, a Hanukkah candle is lit and displayed at the Vatican. The Vatican hoped it might reconcile some of  the long-standing religious animosities between the two faiths. The candle was placed at the Vatican in the, They-Clearly-Said-Give-Us-Barabbas-Instead-Room, with a typed explanation about the tradition of the Hanukkah candle and how it represents, “how the people who killed Jesus celebrate Christmas”. Next to the candle in a glass display case was a hand-written and never displayed letter by Pope Pius XII from the Vatican historical archives explaining why he didn’t do more to help Jews during the Holocaust. The letter said that it was because he thought the Jews were, “just kubitzing, guilting and whining again”. 

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