Connections with other survivor organisations
After liberation, many survivors established organisations on a national and international level. These included Jewish and non-Jewish organisations, associations representing survivors of specific concentration camps, groups of former partisans and other resistance fighters, and many others.
In the second half of the 1940s, these organisations, which often contained members of different ideological backgrounds, were nonetheless able to work closely together. After all, their members had a solid foundation for cooperation since they had fought as dedicated opponents of Nazism and Fascism during and after the war.
During the years of the Cold War, however, this close cooperation between different organisations began to disintegrate and several international organisations collapsed. Survivors on both sides of the “Iron Curtain” were no longer able to present a united front; political and ideological differences made cooperation almost impossible. The documents in the “Linz Collection” are clear witnesses to this process.