An 86-year-old great-grandmother was topped “Miss Holocaust Survivor” on Tuesday in an annual Israeli magnificence pageant designed to honour girls who endured the horrors of the Nazi genocide.
Ten contestants – ranging in age from 79 to 90 – trod the catwalk at a museum in Jerusalem, their hair styled and make-up utilized and dressed to the nines with sashes adorning their robes.
Organisers of the competition, which was cancelled final 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, say it bestows glamour and respect on a dwindling variety of Jewish girls whose youth was stolen throughout World Battle Two however who went on to construct new lives in Israel.
“After what I went by within the Holocaust, I by no means dreamed that I might get to the place I’m, with a giant household: two youngsters, 4 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,” mentioned contestant Kuka Palmon, who survived a pogrom in her native Romania.
“And but right here I’m, at this nice age, 87. It is a godly factor, it’s indescribable.”
Tuesday’s winner, Salina Steinfeld, was additionally born in Romania, the place she survived Nazi assaults earlier than shifting to Israel in 1948, organisers mentioned. Different contestants included a lady born in Yugoslavia who survived the Rab focus camp in modern-day Croatia.
Some commentators and survivors fear the occasion cheapens the reminiscence of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.
Dana Papo, whose grandmother Rivka competed on Tuesday, disputed that standpoint, arguing that the contestants “deserve that everybody see how a lot magnificence there may be in these girls who went by such horror.
“We are going to present them how a lot we love and admire them. Due to them, now we have a future and now we have a rustic.”
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