Today is the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army. 1.1 million people, primarily Jewish, were put to death by the Nazis in the prison camp, gassed and incinerated.
Approximately six million Jews were systematically murdered in Nazi concentration camps in World War ll, between 1939 and 1945.
Before the Holocaust, the pre-war Jewish population (and as early as 1933) in Europe was approximately 9.5 million. By 2012, Europe's Jewish population was approximately 1.4 to 1.6 million.
The world's Jewish population is approximately 14.2 million people. About half of the world's Jewish population lives in the U.S.
- Sources: BBC, NerLeElef/Judaism Online, Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum web site, Wikipedia, Jewish Virtual Museum.
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