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Yad Vashem No Child's Play

Toward a New Life

Purim party at the Koordinatzia orphanage in Lodz, 1948
Purim party at the Koordinatzia orphanage
in Lodz, 1948
Child survivors of the Holocaust sent from Poland for rehabilitation in children’s home in England, 1948
Child survivors of the Holocaust sent from
Poland for rehabilitation in children’s home
in England, 1948

After the war, hundreds of thousands of survivors, including thousands of orphaned children, emerged from the ruins of Europe and sought a way to establish their lives anew. The Allies established camps for displaced persons in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Concern for children’s welfare was shown in the camps: orphanages, a search system for family members, and education systems were set up. Of approximately 250,000 Jews who reached Displaced Persons camps after the war, 160,000-including several thousand children-emigrated to Israel.