chapter  3
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Making a Living in America

The survivors' encounter with the world of work after the war must be seen against the backdrop of their wartime experiences. The Jewish organizations that had been so helpful in arranging transportation, lodging, and food for the refugees were heavily involved in this area too. For example, the Jewish Agricultural Society (JAS) did much to help survivors who became farmers. Besides finding jobs for the immigrants, the agencies provided a variety of other services. Agency professionals who worked directly with the refugees tended to view them as people with a great deal of drive, who took too much pride in their skills and talents. Regardless of how they secured employment, through the agencies, sympathetic employers, relatives and friends, or by virtue of their own efforts, the survivors encountered a variety of difficulties and problems at work. The survivors were clearly a hardworking group. Their economic success in America stands on its own merits.