When Did We Begin to Talk about Victims of Misfortune or Adversity as "Survivors"?

It probably started with the term “Holocaust survivor.”

A group describing themselves as #MeToo/#YoTambien survivors in Los Angeles on November 1, 2018. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images.

A group describing themselves as #MeToo/#YoTambien survivors in Los Angeles on November 1, 2018. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images.

Observation
Nov. 21 2018
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