Sunday, November 1, 2009
Israeli Government claims 1,092,000 Holocaust survivors™ were still living in 2004
The New York Times Article: "At the beginning of 2004, 1,092,000 Holocaust survivors were still living worldwide"
If 1 million were still alive in 2004, then just how many jewish "holocaust survivors" were there to begin with? In the previous 60 years after the end of the war, you would have to assume that a good majority of those who had survived the camps had already died. Assuming the "1,092,000" figure is accurate, at that rate there were around 5 or 6 million "holocaust survivors" immediately after the war ended. Then knowing that there were only around 6 million jews in all of Eastern Europe before the war, then how is it possible that anywhere near 6 million jews died? Preposterous.
The reality is that virtually any jew who was in Europe before or during the war, and survived the war, claimed to be a "holocaust survivor", regardless of whether they were in a camp or not. At most, only around 100,000 - 200,000 died of all causes in the camps, mostly from disease (eg, typhus).