For many of the survivors, liberation proved to be an extremely painful
experience. The transition from life under a reign of terror, brutality and
starvation to a new "normal" situation was frequently traumatic.
During the first weeks of liberation, tens of thousands of survivors died of
over-eating, epidemics and exhaustion. Many began facing the tragic
significance of the events of the Holocaust and the loss of their families and
homes. During the initial period following liberation, a great number of the
survivors attempted to return to their original homes and communities. The vast
majority, however, could not find any survivors from their families, and some
even encountered manifestations of hostility and violence. Most survivors sought
to leave Europe and build new lives elsewhere.
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