The Hanukkah hit “Ner Li” was composed by a man from Königsberg!
Daniel Samburski was born in Königberg. He wrote the most famous children’s song of the Jewish Channuka festival and is considered the father of public singing in Israel. From 1935 to 1950 he sang every Friday evening in Tel Aviv and taught the audience a new song every time.
His father, the grain merchant Menachem Samursky, was the leader of the very early Zionist movement in Königsberg. He came to Königsberg as a young man in 1896 from the Ukraine.