Life for Jewish People after World War II

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Life for Jewish People after World War II

Life for Jewish People After World War 2

Although the holocaust and World War II was over, Jewish people could still not escape the immense suffering. Many survivors were beaten to death or wounded by gangs of anti-Jewish people. Others immigrated to places like the United States, Australia, Reform Temples, and Germany. German cities, out of all the areas, were where most of the Jewish population went to. Yet the communities only consisited of elderly, two Jewish schools, and two Jewish newspapers. Unfortunately, the population of Jews barely reached 5% of the population before the war. Today, many are reaching out to preseve the many memories of the survivors and the ones we've lost.

On May 19, 1943, Germany was declared Judenrein (“free of Jews”), though it is estimated that as many as 19,000 Jews remained in Germany underground.

Many Nazi war criminals were tried and sentenced, even till now. From 1945 and 1949, only 31,651 Nazi war criminals were sentenced out of hundreds of thousands of soldiers active during the war. After World War 2, many of the other groups that were put into the camps, like Gypsies, and homosexuals were continued to be persecuted until the 1970s. Homosexuals were imprisoned, and Gypsies has laws discriminated against them.

Many survivors ended up in displaced persons’ camps that were set and controlled by the Allied military, and the camps were at many of the sites of former concentration camps. At the camps, many waited to immigrate to the United States, South Africa, Palestine, Canada, Australia, and Latin America countries. Large numbers of Jews tried to go back to their homeland, Israel, but they were deported back to the camps, along with those trying to go to Palestine. From 1945 to 1952, more than 80,000 holocaust survivors immigrated to the United States alone.

On January 27, 2003, the Chancellor of Germany signed anagreement with the central Council of Jews in Germany that officially gave Jewish the legal status equivalent to the status of German Catholics and Protestants. The signingtook place on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and the German government provided support, services, and funding for the existing Jewish community.

On the 68th anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass, the Munich’s Jewish community celebrated with rebuilding of a new synagogue. The original Munich synagogue was destroyed on behalf of Hitler's orders in 1938.

Women in the USA where nurse aides, seamstresses, salespeople, and office workers. Women in Cleveland where factory workers and seamstresses. Women in Pittsburgh were seamstresses and they helped husbands with small businesses/roofing. Men opened their own businesses. In El Paso some went into business and opened their own stores.

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