NOTE: I'm not sure if this is allowed, but this is actually a copy-and-paste post of a question I previously asked in r/AskHistorians, since I have not received any answers on the original question as of yet. If interested, you can check out the original above. Other wise, here's what I previously asked:
I know this may sound so menial and silly when talking about the effects and ordeals of something so large and devastating (physically and emotionally speaking), and I also know that every survivor was different in how they reacted to the events, but I am curious:
What were common job occupations for Holocaust survivors post-World War 2?
Did their experiences determine what they wanted to do (ex,. Avoiding police work, a job at a steel mill, etc,. for something totally visually, emotionally or physically unrelated to their experiences)?
Would they have been able to do certain jobs based around what they had been able to do in Europe pre-war, or did the Holocaust strip them of any ability to do anything close to what they once did post-war era (like if you were once a successful factory owner who managed to survive Auschwitz, would you have been able to do a similar, if not the same thing, once you went to America)?
I'm more asking this in a American refugee/immigrant perspective (like if one were to move from Europe to America shortly after the horrific events), though I suppose it'd be interesting to see it under the perspective of a general post-war capitalistic country (since I'd imagine a Communist country probably being a lot more dominant in where you went to work, judging from what I've read).
Source: reddit post