chapter  8
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Overcoming Tragedy

The majority of survivors found jobs in sales, business, and blue-collar occupations. When compared to American Jews, survivors were less likely to be divorced and they also had more children. The contributions of the survivors to the American Jewish community have been impressive, particularly for a group of people who came here as refugees. Many survivors gained confidence and self-respect simply from the knowledge that they had lived through a terrible time. The survivors were not supermen; they were ordinary individuals before the war, chosen by sheer accident of history to bear witness to one of its most awful periods. Therefore, the way in which they succeeded in rebuilding their lives contains valuable lessons for all those who suffer through adversity and tragedy. The story of the survivors is one of courage and strength, of people who are living proof of the indomitable will of human beings to survive and of their tremendous capacity for hope.