It did not take long for a dynamic cultural life to develop in the DP camps. For many inmates, cultural activities constituted a kind of spiritual rehabilitation, which found its expression in the establishment of orchestras and theater groups. The fact that the revival of Jewish culture occurred in Germany of all places was seen by many as an expression of retribution.
On stage, classical Jewish plays were performed, the experiences of the ghettos and concentration camps were processedand the dream of Eretz Israel was given expression. Of particular importance to the survivors in the DP camps was the publication of Jewish newspapers, especially in Yiddish. After most inmates had been cut off almost entirely from any information during the war, and had been unable express their opinions, intensive writing activity commenced shortly after liberation. This was all the more impressive in light of the fact that paper was severely rationed and typewriters were almost impossible to find. Almost every DP camp had its own newspaper, featuring articles about sporting events, wedding and birth announcements, political reports from the DP camps and news from around the world and Eretz Israel, as well as the survivors’ personal stories and search notices.