Israel played host to a controversial new beauty pageant, the "Miss Holocaust Survivor" contest, featuring 14 Jewish women who survived World War II.
"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," Esther Libber, a 74-year-old runner-up in the contest and a Holocaust survivor, told the Associated Press.
The contest, which was held on Thursday in the city of Haifa, was billed as a "celebration of life" but drew criticism over the act of judging aging Holocaust survivors on their physical appearance.
"It sounds totally macabre to me," Colette Avital, chairwoman of Israel's leading Holocaust survivors' umbrella group, told the AP. "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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