The Holocaust claimed the lives of 6,000,000 Jews, and according to a recent study, the numbers have yet to return to pre-WWII levels. Ynet News' Yaron Drukman reports that there are still fewer Jews around the world than there were in 1939, with most of them living in Israel and the U.S.:
The number of Jews in the world is still lower than it was in 1939, prior to the Holocaust, according to figures released Tuesday by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics.
According to the data, there are currently 14,511,000 Jews living in the world, compared to 16,600,000 on the eve of World War II.
This number is similar to that in 1922, 96 years ago, when 14 million Jews lived worldwide...
The data indicate that there are currently 6,446,000 Jews in Israel, 5,700,000 in the US, 456,000 in France, 390,000 in Canada, 290,000 in Britain, 181,000 in Argentina, 176,000 in Russia, 117,000 in Germany, and 113,000 in Australia.
The data also indicate that in 1939 the number of Jews in Israel was 449,000 and in 1948—when there were 11.5 million Jews in the world—there were 650,000 Jews in Israel.
In other words, since 1948, the number of Jews in Israel has increased nearly tenfold...