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Germany: Researchers find there were more victims of the Holocaust than previously believed

3.1.2017 8:46
The Memorial to Europe's Holocaust Victims in Berlin. (PHOTO: Zdeněk Ryšavý)
The Memorial to Europe's Holocaust Victims in Berlin. (PHOTO: Zdeněk Ryšavý)

The number of victims of the Holocaust from the Jewish communities living on the territory of the German Reich is approximately 15 000 more than has heretofore been reported. According to the German news server Spiegel Online, researchers from Germany's Federal Archive announced the findings on the basis of a detailed study of the fates of individual Jewish people living in Nazi Germany.

Previously it had been reported that the number of Jewish people living on the territory of the German Reich who perished during the Holocaust was 160 000. According to new calculations by the historians from the Federal Archive, however, a total of 175 191 Jewish people living on the territory of the German Reich fell victim to the Nazis' racial policies.

Almost 90 % of all the victims of the Holocaust who were Jewish people living originally on the territory of the German Reich perished in the extermination camps in Eastern Europe. The remainder lost their lives on the territory of their homeland, historian Nicolai Zimmerman told Spiegel Online.

Those victims either committed suicide or perished in concentration camps and prisons on German territory. Zimmerman said that compared to the European countries that Nazi Germany occupied, Jewish people living in the Reich had longer to prepare for emigration, which is why there are relatively fewer victims from their ranks.

While in Greece just approximately 18 % of local Jewish people survived the Nazi ravages, in Germany 73 % of local Jewish people managed to escape and survived, the historian said. The total number of Holocaust victims was six million people, of whom approximately 1.5 million were children.

ČTK, jal, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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