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November 3, 2012

Jewish population in Israel will soon reach 6 million

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:04 pm

In an article which you can read in full here, I learned that the number of Jews in Israel will soon reach the number of 6 million, the number of Jews that were killed in the Holocaust.

This quote is from the article:

Sometime this year, or early next, Israel’s Jewish population will reach six million. It is close: 5.975 million, according to the Israeli government’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

The figure has not been marked in any ceremony, it is simply a number in a routine publication released by the organization’s statisticians. In some respects six million is just a number—after all, no one knows precisely how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust. And taking into account its 1.6 million Arab minority and some foreign workers, Israel’s overall population is already more than seven million. What’s more, if the diaspora is included, there are 13.5 million Jews worldwide. But like dates and anniversaries, the six-million figure has become as embedded in the popular culture of Jews in Israel and in the diaspora as the phrase “never again,” adding considerable significance to this looming demographic milestone. The Holocaust is slowly passing from living to historical memory, as only about 200,000 survivors are left in Israel. Last year, 12,000 died. Yet, as it slips into the past and becomes part of a particularly bloody century, the Holocaust is more remembered and commemorated than ever before.

What makes this perhaps more significant is that in the years after the war, the survivors were virtually ignored in the young state, said Robert Jan van Pelt, a Holocaust historian and professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Thanks to the survivors sharing their stories with friends and relatives in their new communities, their experiences were passed on and gradually became part of Israeli public consciousness, he said.

I was surprised to read in this article that there are only 13.5 million Jews world wide today.

This quote is from the Nizkor website:

Authors: Annie Alpert, John Morris In August of 1997, an author identifying himself as Bob Djurdjevic, the founder of “Truth in Media,” included the following paragraph in a letter to The Arizona Republic:

“The World Almanac for 1940 gives the world’s Jewish population as 15,319,359. The World Almanac for 1949 puts the number of Jews in the world at 15,713,638.

“If the World Almanac figures are correct, “the world’s Jewish population did not decrease in the war decade, but showed a small increase.”

The 1949 figure offered by Mr. Djurdjevic was, as you’re about to see, an outright lie, as was the conclusion drawn.

When citing the World Almanac as a source for data “proving” that there was no Jewish population decline during World War II, Holocaust deniers are simply propagating one of the standard denier myths that has recurred regularly for more than a decade.

The Nizkor website is an anti-revisionist website. Note that Nizkor is disputing the number of Jews in 1949.  How could there be an increase in the number of Jews, after the war, when 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, including 1.5 million children?

This quote is from a revisionist blog which quotes figures from the 1934 World Almanac and the 1948 World Almanac:

The 1934 World Almanac notes the following pre-WWII populations of Christians and jews:

Christians 682,400,000

jews 15,315,000

In 1948, after WWII, the 1949 World Almanac notes the following populations:

Christians 592,406,542

jews 15,753,638

So which side is right about the world population of Jews before and after the Holocaust?  Note that the number of Christians decreased during World War II.

Perhaps this quote from the news article about the Jewish population of Israel will help people to make up their minds with regard to stories told about the Holocaust:

Survivors such as Freddie Knoller, 91, have dedicated a large part of their lives to testifying against what happened to them during the Holocaust when approximately six million Jews were murdered.

[…]

Knoller’s parents died in Auschwitz, he survived Nazi-occupied France, and he watched prisoners eat dead bodies to stay alive in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

I’ve seen lots of photos of the prisoners who died in the typhus epidemic at Bergen-Belsen, but most of the bodies do not look as if they had been eaten.

Did the prisoners have knives suitable for carving the flesh from dead bodies?  Did the prisoners cook the meat from the dead bodies, or did they eat it raw?  Does eating flesh from a diseased body cause a person to get sick?  There were 13,000 prisoners at Bergen-Belsen who died AFTER the British took over.  Allegedly, they died from eating too much rich food given to them by the British.  Did they really die from eating dead bodies?

The photos below show some of the dead bodies found at Bergen-Belsen when the camp was voluntarily turned over to the British on April 15, 1945.

British liberators of Bergen-Belsen used a bulldozer to shove diseased bodies into mass graves

The body in the foreground of this photo appears to have had flesh cut off the back

Mass graves were dug by the British at Bergen-Belsen after they took over the camp

German civilians were forced, at gunpoint, to load dead bodies into trucks at Bergen-Belsen