The Meaning of Survival: Life After the Camps
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When the former prisoners of war (POWs) returned to the United States, they found neither their government nor their friends believed their stories of imprisonment in concentration camps. One Berga survivor, for example, said in an interview he was sent to a psychiatrist because the army thought he was fabricating the whole story. Many former POWs complain about the treatment they received from the VA. Most did not think they were given the compensation they deserved for their injuries. Irving Pastor, for example, had problems with his stomach after he returned and got 100% disability. The experience of being sent to a concentration camp created special bonds among the men sent to Buchenwald.