In the video, "Survivors' Return to Life - Part 2", ISHS staff member Sheryl Ochayon presents the story of the survivors, following the fundamental dilemma - "What Now?" - through to life and culture within the DP camps. She outlines the reality and remarkable phenomena within the DP camps, as well as their human significance in restoring a sense of personal identity and early steps towards a new beginning. The materials discussed in this video are available on our website and in teaching units produced at the ISHS.
Sheryl Silver-Ochayon is a staff member at the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem
This is the second of a two-part video dealing with the topic of liberation and return to life. For Part 1, click here.
Further pedagogical considerations
- Contextualize the tragedy of the Holocaust within time - accentuate that for survivors, the “story” doesn’t end with the end of World War II.
- Stress the fundamental challenges and changes that had to occur in order to try and return to life after the Holocaust.
- Outline the new developments unfolding in the DP camps - restoration of one’s individuality, restoring societal and social circles (family, communal living, group self-governance, rules, a framework, daily routine.