An 86-year-old woman named ‘Miss Israel, a Holocaust Survivor’

An 86-year-old woman named ‘Miss Israel, a Holocaust Survivor’

Jerusalem An 86-year-old woman who survived mass arrests and massacres of Jews as a child in Romania was crowned on Tuesday “Miss Israel, a Holocaust survivor.”

Ten women in their 80s and 90s participated in a private pageant sponsored by a local foundation that was intended to bring some joy and appreciation to the rapidly dwindling members of Holocaust survivors in Israel.

The women were treated to professional make-up artists, hairstylists and stylists throughout the day before the evening competition. A number of local celebrities, including Miss Israel Noa Kochba, acted as judges and provided entertainment for the audience before Selena Steinfeld was crowned winner.

According to the organizers of the competition, Steinfeld moved to Israel in 1948, married and raised three children. She also has seven grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

“I have no words to express my happiness,” Steinfeld said. She said she enjoyed the special day of pampering and that she hopes “you will lead the people of Israel to beauty and goodness.”

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Israel was founded in 1948 in the aftermath of the Holocaust as a haven for Jews from all over the world. The country is home to a large elderly population of about 175,000 people who survived the Holocaust, when an estimated 6 million Jews were murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.

The competition is sponsored by Yad Ezer L’Haver, or “Helping Hand,” a local organization that provides services to Holocaust survivors. This was the first time this event was held since 2018. Last year, it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“These amazing women, Holocaust survivors, are already in their twilight years and won’t be with us for much longer,” said Shimon Sabag, CEO of the group. “Holocaust survivors are the true heroines of all of us and thanks to them, we are here today.”

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