There Are Still 245,000 Holocaust Survivors Living

About 245,000 Jewish survivors of the Holocaust currently reside in more than 90 countries, nearly eight decades after the Holocaust ended. According to a recent estimate, 49% of them reside in Israel. Twelve percent reside in the former Soviet Union, sixteen percent in the United States, and eighteen percent in Western Europe. The research was done by the New York City-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, often known as the Claims Conference. The number of living Holocaust survivors was only estimated in broad strokes prior to the report’s release.


Their numbers are dwindling rapidly. With a median age of 86, the majority are extremely elderly and frequently in bad condition. Of the survivors, twenty percent are over ninety years old, and women outnumber men in terms of those who are still alive (61 versus 39). The report is titled “Worldwide Holocaust Survivors.” An Overview of Demographics Ninety-six percent of survivors are described as “child survivors.” They were thus born after 1928. The report’s data is based on statistics gathered through August 2023. Although the report’s numbers are intriguing, it’s equally critical to see the people they represent by looking past the numbers, according to Greg Schneider. He serves as executive vice president of the Claims Conference.


During the Holocaust, six million European Jews and members of other minorities were murdered by the Nazis and those who supported them. The precise number of Jews who survived the Holocaust is unknown. However, their numbers paled in comparison to the pre-World War II Jewish population in Europe. Poland had 3.3 million Jewish residents in 1939. Hardly 300,000 made it out alive. When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, there were about 560,000 Jews residing in Germany. Due to emigration and murder, their numbers had decreased to roughly 15,000 by the end of World War II in 1945.

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