Central Station Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Back in Amsterdam
9 juni 1945

It was chilly and cold, and the people from the camps, like me, collapsed from fatigue.

Most Jews felt anything but welcome and had to put up with much incomprehension, stupidity, and hostility. For the 5,200 survivors of camps like Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, and Theresienstadt, that chilly reception was a great blow. In general people did not take into account the experiences of people who found out that their homes were lived in by others, that their belongings had been grabbed by others, that no one counted on their return, and that their return was sometimes felt as a shock.