Just when you thought there simply had to be some sort of a limit to Jewish bad taste, here comes the über kitsch event to convince you otherwise.
HAIFA, Israel — Grinning and waving, 14 women who survived the horrors of World War II paraded Thursday in an unusual pageant, vying for the honor of being crowned Israel’s first “Miss Holocaust Survivor.”
Billed by organizers as a celebration of life, the event also stirred controversy. In a country where millions have been touched by the Holocaust, many argued that judging aging women who had suffered so much on physical appearance was inappropriate, and even offensive.
“It sounds totally macabre to me,” said Colette Avital, chairwoman of Israel’s leading Holocaust survivors’ umbrella group. “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.”
Pageant organizer Shimon Sabag rejected the criticism, saying the winners were chosen based on their personal stories of survival and rebuilding their lives after the war, and physical beauty was only a tiny part of the competition.
“They feel good together. They are having a good time and laughing in the rehearsals,” said Sabag, director of Yad Ezer L’Haver, or Helping Hand, which assists needy Holocaust survivors and organized the pageant.
“The fact that so many wanted to participate proves that it's a good idea.”
Israeli Holocaust survivors and beauty pageant contestants dance during a Holocaust survivors beauty pageant, which was open to women between 74 to 90 years of age.
Nearly 300 women from across Israel registered for the competition and contestants were whittled down to the 14 finalists who appeared Thursday.
The contest, part of Helping Hand's annual “cultural” night, included a lavish dinner and music at a Haifa reception hall. Some 600 people attended, including two Cabinet ministers, Moshe Kahlon and Yossi Peled, himself a Holocaust survivor.
The women, ranging in age from 74 to 97, clearly enjoyed themselves. Wearing black dresses, earrings and necklaces, and sporting blue-and-white numbered sashes, they grinned and waved as they were introduced to the adoring audience. Music played as the contestants walked along a red carpet, introduced themselves and described their memories of 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,” said 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. She said she lost her entire immediate family.
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The Jews’ own term of ‘chutzpah’ just doesn’t cover it. Existing terms in the English language are wholly inadequate to convey what is going on with this stuff. Head shaking and rolling of eyes is possibly all that is appropriate when a normal Human being is confronted by such outrageous mummery and embarrassing pantomime. How anyone can seriously deny these creatures are living in their own, self-centred, constructed ‘reality’ when they perform shenanigans like this is beyond us here at Whitelaw Towers. They are truly special, very special.
Although there are a few obvious contenders for rudeness and general vileness we invite readers, particularly our critics, to post in our comments section examples of ANY other Race, Ethnic group or Religion that comes within a bull’s roar of the sheer arrogance, self-importance, self-indulgence and, quite frankly, bizarre grotesquery of Jews. Their weird customs, their strange rites, their hideous dress sense, their psychotic intellects, their sick and twisted scatological obsessions with bodily fluids and functions upon which is based their peculiar brand of so-called ‘humour’ and (in)famous comedic ‘talents’ are about as alien as one can get without actually leaving Planet Earth.
Go ahead…make our day and ‘Please explain’.