Monday, July 9, 2012
A Macabre Beauty Pageant
When I was a small child the word "holocaust" had not even been coined. The concentration camps in Germany were seen as a minor footnote to the War. Years later this has developed into a huge industry complete with yearly movies, museums and, now, beauty pageants. Of course, it is illegal in many European counties to debate or discuss this event. And, really, once such laws are passed a debate or review is no longer needed.
(Reuters) - A beauty contest for Holocaust survivors stirred deep emotions in Israel on Friday, with organizers hailing it an affirmation of life and detractors calling it a macabre spectacle.
Fourteen women who survived the Nazi genocide took the pageant stage before a packed hall in the city of Haifa. Each of the contestants shared a bit of their personal stories before the capacity crowd.