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Strangest Pageant Ever-Elderly Women Compete in Israel to be Crowned ‘Miss Holocaust Survivor’
Women vie for the honour of being crowned Israel's first 'Miss Holocaust Survivor'
The women, ranging in age from 74 to 97, appeared to be enjoying themselves.
Wearing black dresses, earrings and necklaces, and sporting blue-and-white numbered sashes, they grinned and waved as they were introduced to the audience.
Music played as the contestants walked along a red carpet, introduced themselves and described their memories of World War II.
Esther Libber, a 74-year-old runner-up who fled her home in Poland as a child, hid in a forest and was rescued by a Polish woman, said the event was a great showcase of life:
'I have the privilege to show the world that Hitler wanted to exterminate us and we are alive.
'We are also enjoying life. Thank God it's that way.'
A four-judge panel consisting of three former beauty queens and a geriatric psychiatrist who specializes in treating Holocaust survivors chose the winner.
Hava Hershkovitz, a soon-to-be 79-year-old, who won the event, spoke of her joy:
'This place is full of survivors. It puts us at the center of attention so people will care. It's not easy at this age to be in a beauty contest, but we're all doing it to show that we're still here.'
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