A mother living in Oxford, England, was the frontrunner to win a “Miss Hitler” pageant, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which exposed 42-year-old Sarah Mountford. She competed under the alias “Miss Aryan Angel.”
The results of the pageant—held on the Russian social-media site VKontakte— were due to be announced on Sept. 3. Some publications reported that Mountford had won.
“This is part of an ongoing effort to whitewash the horrific crimes of Nazism, to rewrite history to legitimize a monster who plunged the world into the darkness and perpetrated a genocide that left 6 million Jews dead, including 1.5 million children,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of global social action at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
“There should be zero tolerance for this outrageous campaign on any, and all, social media platforms,” he stated.
Mountford described herself as a “straight, white, pure-blood female with a longing to return to traditional ways” in a personal statement. When the Mail on Sunday confronted her, Mountford said: “It was just a bit of fun, really, a spur-of-the-moment thing. I didn’t set out to upset anyone.”
She added that her views aren’t extreme. “You hear the same at every bus stop,” she claimed.
A prior “Miss Hitler” pageant winner was jailed on terrorism charges.