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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20Making Holocaust Memory$
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Gabriel N. Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.001.0001

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Introducing Miss Judaea 1929

Introducing Miss Judaea 1929

The Politics of Beauty, Race, and Zionism in Inter-War Poland

(p.368) Introducing Miss Judaea 1929
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20

Eva Plach

Liverpool University Press

This chapter cites the Warsaw-based Zionist daily Nasz Przeglad when it announced the opening of Poland's first Miss Judaea beauty pageant on 3 February 1929. It details Nasz Przeglad's launch of the Miss Judaea pageant after expressing unfairness that the women of the Jewish nation had to miss the Miss Europe beauty competition in which women from twenty European countries participated. It also analyzes the wider significance of Nasz Przeglad's first and last foray into the world of beauty pageantry. The chapter considers the Miss Judaea competition as an event that loaded with nationalist meaning and purpose and was understood as a short but important part in the building of a middle-class Zionist nationalist movement in inter-war Poland. It explains how Nasz Przeglad's staging of the Miss Judaea pageant was infused with a powerful language of race and nation.

Keywords:   Nasz Przeglad, Miss Judaea, beauty pageant, Miss Europe, beauty competition, Zionist nationalist movement

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