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  'Miss Holocaust Survivor' crowned in Israel
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Jun 28, 2012 09:13pm
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MediaNewspaper - USA Today
News DateFriday, June 29, 2012 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionGrinning and waving, 14 women who survived the horrors of World War II paraded Thursday in an unusual pageant, vying for the honor of being crowned Israel's first "Miss Holocaust Survivor."

Billed by organizers as a celebration of life, the event also stirred controversy. In a country where millions have been touched by the Holocaust, many argued that judging aging women who had suffered so much on physical appearance was inappropriate, and even offensive.

"It sounds totally macabre to me," said Colette Avital, chairwoman of Israel's leading Holocaust survivors' umbrella group. "I am in favor of enriching lives, but a one-time pageant masquerading (survivors) with beautiful clothes is not what is going to make their lives more meaningful."
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