How did survivors rebuild their lives?

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Red Cross workers at the newly liberated Bergen-Belsen camp
© 2011 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For many of the survivors within mainland Europe, the defeat of Germany did not bring instant freedom. Nor did it bring happiness.

The Red Cross and other relief organisations did all they could to help return victims home. However, the situation for Jews was far more difficult. Many of them did not have homes, families or communities to go back to.

How did survivors rebuild their broken lives? How could they find any remaining family members? Where could they find a place they could call home?

This section will seek to tell the human stories about how survivors coped with the post-war difficulties and how they sought to rebuild their lives.