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The Anguish of Liberation and the Return to Life

Return to Life
Yad Vashem Photo Archives, 6093
Wedding of nine couples who survived the Holocaust – Salonika, Greece, Postwar

A large percentage of young survivors lost their entire families during the Holocaust. As part of their struggle to “return to life” the survivors felt an increasing need to break the cycle of loneliness, to meet partners and build new families. Immediately after the war, there was a wave of weddings. Often, as can be seen in the photograph, several weddings were held simultaneously.