chapter  6
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Reaching Out

The survivors succeeded in their work, in the families they raised, and in forming social relationships. In terms of time, energy, money, and level of commitment, the survivors have compiled an impressive record in the last forty years. Survivors with large families were considerably more apt to have visited Israel than those with smaller families. For most survivors, support for Israel is something they affirm openly and publicly. In many survivors' minds, the Arabs replaced the Nazis in their demonology and they saw Israel's every victory as a replay of history in which the Jews emerge victorious over the oppressor. For at least some survivors the needs of Soviet Jewry are a reminder of their own situation forty years earlier. America became even more receptive to hearing about the Holocaust after 1983, the year in which another Holocaust survivors' gathering was held, this time in Washington, DC.