Poland's president lit a Hanukka candle and distributed gifts to Jewish children, continuing a tradition started by his predecessor of marking the Jewish holiday.
Bronislaw Komorowski on Sunday welcomed members of Warsaw's Jewish community to his residence on the fifth day of the 8-day-long festival of lights. He praised the tradition as a source of "beauty and wisdom" and said the president's home should be a place to honor different traditions.He lit the first white candle of a menorah, with Jewish community leaders lighting the remaining five.
His predecessor, Lech Kaczynski, began a yearly tradition of marking Hanukka, a gesture valued by a Jewish community that was the largest in Europe before the Holocaust.
Kaczynski was killed in a plane crash in April.