Sunday, July 1, 2012

Holocaust survivors beauty pageant crowns Romanian-born winner

14 women participated in the "Miss Holocaust Survivor" beauty pageant in Haifa, June 28, 2012.
(Avishag Shaar Yashuv/FLASH90/)
A beauty pageant for Holocaust survivors was held in Haifa, featuring female survivors walking down a red carpet and sharing details of their travails during World War II.

Fourteen women, aged 74 to 97, participated according to news reports. Hava Hershkovitz, 79, who had fled her native Romania to survive the Shoah, was crowned the winner.

Organizers called the event a celebration of life, but critics denounced it as trivializing the horrors of the Holocaust. -- JTA

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