Elderly women compete in Israel to be crowned ‘Miss Holocaust Survivor’
Shimon Sabag, director of Yad Ezer L'Haver, or Helping Hand, which assists needy Holocaust survivors and which organised the event, said the winners were chosen based on their personal stories of survival and the rebuilding of their lives after the war:
'They feel good together. They are having a good time and laughing in the rehearsals.
'The fact that so many wanted to participate proves that it's a good idea.'
Nearly 300 women from across Israel registered for the competition and contestants were whittled down to the 14 finalists who appeared yesterday.
The problem with this idea is that the Holocaust was an extraordinarily tragic and evil event, and beauty pageants are anything but. They're full of fluff. The contrast between the two things is too big to bridge.
Why not just put on a gala where people celebrate survival? That would have more tasteful.