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).

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