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Source: Haaretz, November 25, 2015

Thirteen women who survived the Nazi effort to exterminate European Jews took part in the third annual “Miss Holocaust Survivor” beauty pageant in Haifa on Tuesday evening.

After facing some tough competition, including former “Miss Holocaust Survivor” beauty queen Hava Hershkovitz, 82, Rita Berkowitz, 83, took the crown.

Berkowitz is the mother of one, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of five, according to Reuters.

In a message for “the entire people of Israel,” she said: “That all Jews from all across the world will come (to Israel), all of them. And we shall be stronger. We are not afraid of anyone. The Jew will never disappear from the world.”

The pageant was organized by the Helping Hand organization, which aids thousands of the some 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel.

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Source: The Jerusalem Post, February 10, 2015

The US civil rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged the Urban Outfitters retail chain on Monday to remove a garment it was selling in its stores for being “eerily reminiscent of the prisoner gray and white stripes and pink triangles that gay male prisoners were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps.”

“Whether intentional or not, this gray and white stripped pattern and pink triangle combination is deeply offensive and should not be mainstreamed into popular culture,”  Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director said Monday.

“We urge Urban Outfitters to immediately remove the product eerily reminiscent of clothing forced upon the victims of the Holocaust from their stores and online,” Foxman added.

This past summer, retail clothing chain Zara issued a public apology following an outcry over one of its T-shirts that some claim bears a resemblance to a concentration camp uniform.

The blue and white striped boy’s shirt with a yellow six-pointed star was intended to convey a wild west aesthetic, according to parent corporation Inditex, and will no longer be sold.