Israel crowns 93-year-old as ‘Miss Holocaust Survivor’

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HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) – A 93-year-old great-grandmother was crowned “Miss Holocaust Survivor” on Sunday in an annual Israeli beauty pageant designed to put a smile on women who endured the horrors of the Nazi genocide.

A dozen contestants cautiously trod the catwalk – at times assisted – in the city of Haifa, with hair coiffed, make-up applied and sashes adorning their dresses.  

Several generations of relatives, along with well-wishers, cheered and snapped pictures, underscoring the organizers’ message that the contest bestows glamour and honor on the dwindling number of those whose youth was stolen in wartime Europe but who went on build new lives for themselves in Israel.

“I’m very happy. It’s something special,” said the new Miss Holocaust Survivor, Polish-born Tova Ringer, who lost her parents, four sisters and a grandmother in Auschwitz death camp.

“I don’t have words for the people working here. They gave so much … heart for us,” she told Reuters.

“I wouldn’t believe that at my age I would be a beauty,” the former jeweler laughed, her tiara perched on her white hair.

Other contestants included a retired gynaecologist and gas technician, both 81 years old, and two authors of Holocaust memoirs. The youngest, 74, still works as a teacher despite complications of pneumonia she suffered as a baby in Romania.

Some commentators and survivors worry that the event cheapens the memory of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.

But one German spectator deemed it “a wonderful celebration”.

“It is very important for my generation to know the history of the Holocaust, of the Shoah, and it is important for me to support these people,” said Jan Fischer, a 52-year-old credit card manager from Munich.

“I wish that this (genocide) won’t happen again – never.”


6 thoughts on “Israel crowns 93-year-old as ‘Miss Holocaust Survivor’

  1. I’ve never seen a group of people so obsessed with their own holocaust bullshit as the Jews. Even the Russians and Chinese have moved on from their holocaust incidents (Bolshevik and Rape of Nanking). Sure they still remember it and will never forget it, but life goes on. However, not for the Jews. That’s all they have going for them. It’s pathetic. Learn to move on, you dumbasses. And you’re 6 million number is the biggest bullshit in history, by the way.

    1. It is used as a negotiating tactic: always be the victim. This is how they are attempting to gain support for whatever they do.
      I remember an episode of Seinfeld in which George is vying for an apartment against a man who was an Andrea Doria survivor. George ended up describing the horror of living with his parents for the decision panel….he left them in tears and got the apartment. If your tale is sad enough, and you play the victim role well, you apparently can get anything you want!

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