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THE FINAL SOLUTION OF THE EUROPEAN
Necessary Preliminary Remarks.
Jewish statistics are to be accepted only with reservations since certain
mistakes must be reckoned with in the statistical analysis of Jewry. Among the
causes of these errors are the character and development of Judaism, its
definition, the many thousand years of restless wandering, the numerous
conversions to and from Judaism, the efforts towards integration, the
miscenigation [sic] with the native population and above all the efforts of the
Jews to avoid registration.
In the end, partly as an expedient and
partly due to the large degree of overlap between the Jewish race and the
Jewish religion, partly caught up in the denominational thought of the last
century, Jews have been classified not according to their race but according to
their religion. The registration of Jews according to race is extremely
difficult, above all because of the reduction in their numbers due to
secessions, conversions, earlier racial interbreeding and concealment, as shown
by the unsuccessful registration of Jews by race in Austria in 1921 and the
classification of Jews into full, half, and quarter Jews in the German census
of 1939. Jewish statistics should generally be interpreted as minimal figures
whereby the errors of classification tend to vary in inverse proportion to the
amount of Jewish blood.
We have faced almost insurmountable
difficulties in the compilation of accurate statistics regarding the Jewish
population and its movements in the Eastern Territories since the beginning of
the second world war, which set uncontrollable masses of Jews in movement.
ANALYSIS OF JEWRY
W o r l d . The total Jewish
population of the world was estimated to be between 15 and 18 million in the
last decade, sometimes at over 20 million. The Statistische Reichssmt (German
Bureau of Statistics) estimated the total Jewish population of the world at
17 million in 1937.
E u r o p e . In 1937 10,3 million
(60%) were living in Europe and 5,1 million (30%) in America. In
1880 the European Jews comprised 88% of the world Jewish population and the
American Jews only slightly more than 3%.
In Europe the Jews are, or
rather, were concentrated in the formerly Polish, Russian and Baltic
territories now occupied by Germany between the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of
Finland and the Black Sea and the Sea of Amy, also in the trading centers of
Middle and Western Europe, in the Rhine and along the Mediterranean coast.