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The Holocaust

The Holocaust Resource Center

After Liberation

For many of the survivors, liberation proved to be an extremely painful experience. The transition from life under a reign of terror, brutality and starvation to a new "normal" situation was frequently traumatic. During the first weeks of liberation, tens of thousands of survivors died of over-eating, epidemics and exhaustion. Many began facing the tragic significance of the events of the Holocaust and the loss of their families and homes. During the initial period following liberation, a great number of the survivors attempted to return to their original homes and communities. The vast majority, however, could not find any survivors from their families, and some even encountered manifestations of hostility and violence. Most survivors sought to leave Europe and build new lives elsewhere.

Total Sources (by media type):

Artifact Collection 26
Diaries and Letters 7
Documents 2
Lexicon Entries 5
Photographs 103
Research 6
Testimonies 37
Works of Art 1
   
Total Sources 187