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Yad Vashem This Month in Holocaust History
December
December 1946, A group of girls in the Batia group in Bad Gastein Displaced Persons' Camp, Austria






December 1946

A group of girls in the Batia group in Bad Gastein Displaced Persons' Camp, Austria

The Jews of the Displaced Persons' (DP) camps developed a culture all their own. More than 70 newspapers were published, commemoration projects were initiated, and even theaters and orchestras were established. People married and had children, and waited to begin their new lives outside of Europe.

Emissaries of Jewish youth movements and agricultural settlement organizations, a group of Jewish teachers from Eretz Israel, and a Jewish Agency delegation came to help run the camps and train the DPs for life in Eretz Israel. They also helped set up a school system, and taught the DPs how to farm in preparation for the agricultural life in kibbutzim in Eretz Israel.

See here for more information on the DP Camps

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