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Great-grandmother Crowned Miss Holocaust Survivor in Glamorous Pageant

November 17, 2021

by: Ilse Strauss

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Salina Steinfeld was crowned as Miss Holocaust Survivor last night.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 | It was an evening to remember. Ten beautiful contestants—dressed to the nines in sparkling evening gowns, their hair and makeup done just so—strutted the runway last night to loud applause of the audience while the judges picked the most beautiful of them all.

This was no ordinary beauty pageant though. The contestants have long since seen their early twenties come and go. In fact, the contestants have seen some of the worst that life has to offer—and not only survived but thrived. This was the annual Miss Holocaust Survivor pageant, designed to honor women who lived through the horrors of World War II and endured the atrocities of the Nazi genocide.

Eighty-six-year-old great-grandmother Salina Steinfeld walked away with this year’s crown. She beat nine other contestants and staggering odds—including mass roundups, Nazi attacks and massacres of Jews in her native Romania—to take the title.

“I have no words to express my happiness,” said Steinfeld, who moved to Israel in 1948, where she married, raised three children and had seven grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She added that she hoped “to lead the people of Israel to beauty and goodness.”

According to the event organizers, Yad Ezer L’Haver or “Helping Hand,” a foundation that provides services to Holocaust survivors, the pageant aims to restore a measure of glamor and dignity to Jewish women whose youth was lost during the atrocities of World War II, but who managed to rebuild their lives in Israel after the war.

The contest certainly does that. “After what I went through in the Holocaust, I never dreamed that I could get to where I am, with a big family: two kids, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,” shared contestant Kuka Palmon. “And yet here I am, at this great age, 87. It’s a godly thing, it is indescribable.”

Last night was the first Miss Holocaust Survivor pageant in two years, after the contest was canceled in 2019 and 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions.

Some 175,000 Holocaust survivors currently call Israel home, with the number shrinking every year. Events like these provide a wonderful opportunity to honor the dwindling generation of those who have suffered so much.

Posted on November 17, 2021

Source: (Bridges for Peace, November 17, 2021)

Photo Credit: Kênh Truyền hình Đài Tiếng nói Việt Nam/youtube.com

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