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The Anguish of Liberation and the Return to Life

Return to Life
Yad Vashem Photo Archives, 1406/6
A DP camp resident working in carpentry – Stettin, Germany

The survivors’ attempt to gradually return to a normal way of life expressed itself, inter alia, in an initiative to undergo training in professions and productive jobs that would be useful both in the DP camps and in their future lives. Emissaries from the Jewish Agency and the Joint Distribution Committee, as well as leaders among the She’erit Hapleita (lit.: the remnant that survived) set up schools and training workshops, where thousands of survivors were taught new professions.