Female Holocaust survivors honored for their heroism

Holocaust survivors participate in a beauty pageant in Israel. (File photo: AP)

A group of female Holocaust survivors in Israel have been treated to a pampering "makeover" in advance of the country's annual remembrance day.

Seventy survivors, representing Israel's 70th anniversary, were treated on Monday to manicuring, hair styling and make-up as part of an event titled "Beauty Heroines."

Organizers said it was a gesture towards Israel's elderly survivor population who endured the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II when six million Jews died.

Organizer Limor Katz said the idea was to "spoil" the women as a way to "give honor and respect to all the survivors."

Haya Stern, a 91-year-old Auschwitz survivor, said she lost her entire family in the Holocaust but that her "revenge" was to have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Israel.

Israel marks Holocaust memorial day on Thursday when a siren wails across the country.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56