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Broad smiles and enduring spirit at Holocaust survivors' beauty contest

 Reuters 30 November 2019

The third annual Holocaust survivors' beauty pageant, honoring women who lived through the concentration camps and death marches of Nazi Germany, was recently held in the city of Haifa. The event aimed to give women who experienced horrors in the early years of their lives a chance to enjoy some glamour and attention as they push into their 80s. The winner was Romanian-born Rita Berkowitz, 83, who fled to Israel in 1951. About 200,000 Holocaust survivors now live in Israel. (446 Words) - By Amir Cohen

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Rita Berkowitz, 83, a Holocaust survivor and winner of a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide, waves on a stage, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, November 24, 2019. Thirteen women took part in the third annual beauty contest for Holocaust survivors in Israel.Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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Holocaust survivors stand on a stage during a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, November 24, 2019.Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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Holocaust survivor Hava Hershkovitz, 82, a previous beauty queen in the competition, has her make-up done during preparations ahead of a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, November 24, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen


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