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Report examines Jewish population trends in Europe

February 11, 2015

The Pew Research Center has published a report on the continued decline in the number of European Jews.

In 1939, as World War II began, there were 16.6 million Jews worldwide; that number fell to 11 million in 1945 and rose to 14 million in 2010.

In 1939, there were 9.5 million Jews in Europe; that number, according to the report, fell to 3.8 million in 1945 because of the Holocaust. Today, there are only 1.4 million Jews in Europe.


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  • Posted by: mclom - Feb. 12, 2015 10:17 AM ET USA

    Surely part of the reason is contraception? The Jewish people were not numerous to begin with, then they endured the Holocaust,and all along, according to my knowledge about Jewish friends, have practiced a very secular attitude to contraception. Because they are so few numerically, in my view this latter factor will be the most destructive to their survival.