These women survived Holocaust to tell a new story

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Thirteen women took part in the third annual beauty contest for Holocaust survivors in Israel on Tuesday. Rivka Kushnir, 85, a survivor, waits backstage during a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide in Haifa, Israel, November 24, 2015. (REUTERS)

Thirteen women took part in the third annual beauty contest for Holocaust survivors in Israel on Tuesday. Rivka Kushnir, 85, a survivor, waits backstage during a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide in Haifa, Israel, November 24, 2015. (REUTERS)

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An estimated six million Jews were killed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime from 1941 to 1945. A Holocaust survivor has her nails done during preparations ahead of a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide in Haifa on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

An estimated six million Jews were killed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime from 1941 to 1945. A Holocaust survivor has her nails done during preparations ahead of a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide in Haifa on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

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The systematic murder of Jews in a genocide is one of the largest in human history. Stela Krashes, 85, (L) a Holocaust survivor, has her make-up done during a beauty contest for survivors in Haifa on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

The systematic murder of Jews in a genocide is one of the largest in human history. Stela Krashes, 85, (L) a Holocaust survivor, has her make-up done during a beauty contest for survivors in Haifa on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

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The killings were part of Hitler’s theory of ‘Final Solution to the Jewish Question’. Judith Rosenzweig, 81, (R) and Rivka Shtanger, 74, (L) both Holocaust survivors, walk on a runway in Israel on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

The killings were part of Hitler’s theory of ‘Final Solution to the Jewish Question’. Judith Rosenzweig, 81, (R) and Rivka Shtanger, 74, (L) both Holocaust survivors, walk on a runway in Israel on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

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Most Jews were systematically killed in gas chambers while many were killed in mass shootings as well. Sarah Israel, 85, a Holocaust survivor, has her hair done during a beauty contest for survivors in Haifa, Israel on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

Most Jews were systematically killed in gas chambers while many were killed in mass shootings as well. Sarah Israel, 85, a Holocaust survivor, has her hair done during a beauty contest for survivors in Haifa, Israel on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

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The Nazi regime set up a network of concentration camps starting in 1933. Holocaust survivor Hava Hershkovitz, 82, a previous beauty queen in the competition, has her make-up done on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

The Nazi regime set up a network of concentration camps starting in 1933. Holocaust survivor Hava Hershkovitz, 82, a previous beauty queen in the competition, has her make-up done on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

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While the process of excluding Jews from civil society began back in 1935, ghettos were created for them after the start of WWII. Holocaust survivors participate in a beauty contest for survivors on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

While the process of excluding Jews from civil society began back in 1935, ghettos were created for them after the start of WWII. Holocaust survivors participate in a beauty contest for survivors on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

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The Nazis built many extermination camps but the most infamous were Auschwitz, Sobibór and Treblinka. Rita Berkowitz, 83, a Holocaust survivor and winner of a beauty contest for survivors waves to the crowd, in Haifa, November 24, 2015. (REUTERS)

The Nazis built many extermination camps but the most infamous were Auschwitz, Sobibór and Treblinka. Rita Berkowitz, 83, a Holocaust survivor and winner of a beauty contest for survivors waves to the crowd, in Haifa, November 24, 2015. (REUTERS)

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