The Bratislava Community After the Holocaust
The Return to Life
Jewish Refugees and the Bricha
During the first months after the war, Bratislava functioned as one of the largest and most important transit stations of the Bricha. Some 100,000 Jewish refugees from Poland, Romania, Hungary and other Eastern European countries made their way to the city, where, aided by the local Jewish community and the Joint Distribution Committee, they sought their relatives and acquaintances. The Austrian border was not far from the city, and most of the refugees crossed this border on their way to the Displaced Persons camps in Germany, Austria and Italy, from where they continued to Israel or the United States. Only a small fraction chose to return to their countries of origin in Eastern Europe.
The Bricha’s coordination office was managed by Levi Argov, an emissary from Eretz Israel, who worked predominantly at his own initiative and prepared travel plans from Poland to the West.
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