The Holocaust and Jewish Demography


Demographer Professor Sergio Della Pergola reckons that were it not for the Holocaust, there would be as many as 32 million Jews worldwide, instead of the current 13 million.

In an article soon to be published for a Yad Vashem periodical, he writes: “This was the destruction of a generation, and what we are lacking now is not only that generation, it is their children and their children.”

As a result there are relatively fewer Jews worldwide. “At present, the percentage of Jews in the world is constantly in decline. Before the Holocaust, the rate was eight Jews per thousand people in the world; today it is two per thousand.”

You can read the full Haaretz article here.

3 thoughts on “The Holocaust and Jewish Demography

  1. Astounding figures. I have also read that assimilation is threatening the potential Jewish population with alarming numbers. The article I read said that the only difference between the Shoah and contemporary assimilation is that with the latter, people are going willingly to their Jewish “death.” Chilling.

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