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“miss Austria,” Jewish Girl, Chosen “miss Universe” in Galveston Contest

June 13, 1929
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Lisl Goldarbeiter, twenty year old Jewish girl of Vienna, was selected last night as “Miss Universe” by a board of judges at Galveston’s international beauty contest. Miss Goldarbeiter was one of the entrants who received a letter from Bishop C. E. Byrne, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Galveston, urging her to refrain from entering the pagaent. She is accompanied here by her mother.

By virtue of her selection, Miss Goldarbeiter, who was entered as “Miss Austria,” will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and will be tendered a banquet tonight at the Hotel Galvez by the citizens of Galveston.

She expressed her delight in being selected as “Miss Universe” and her pleasure in the general conduct of the international Pagaent. “It was not the least immodest,” she said, “and I am delighted that I came.”

The Board of Judges included King Vidor, motion picture director; Rolla Taylor, artist; Max Hertzberg, head of “Pictorial Review”; Dawson Dawson-Watson, artist; Nicholas Murray, photographer; John Held, Jr., artist, and McClelland Barclay, commercial artist.

When Miss Goldarbeiter arrived in New York with her mother Mrs. Goldarbeiter denied to newspaper men that her daughter is Jewish. Miss Goldarbeiter, herself, insisted that she is Jewish.

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