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Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day: Jewish population lower than on eve of WWII Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day Ceremony at Yad Vashem, April 2016: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lays a memorial wreath. Photo by Amos Ben Gershom, GPO
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Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day: Jewish population lower than it was on the eve of WWII

23 April 2017 by Efraim Roseman

Today, 23.4.2017, at 20:00, the official opening ceremony for the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day will be held in the Warsaw Ghetto Square, at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, in the presence of President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and Deputy Supreme Court President Elyakim Rubinstein.  Ceremonies will be held throughout the country this evening and tomorrow. Tomorrow, Monday, at 10:00, a two-minute siren will be sounded.

Seventy-two years have passed since the end of World War II, in which six million of the Jewish people were exterminated in Europe and North Africa.

The number of Jews in the world now stands at14.411 million, similar to that in 1922. At the onset of WWII the world Jewish population was 16.6 million.

The following is a general breakdown of the world's major Jewish population centers:

Israel, 6.34 million; the United States, 5.7 million; France, 460,000, Canada, 388,000; the United Kingdom, 290,000; Argentina, 181,000; Russia, 180,000; Germany, 117,000;  Australia, 113,000. 

A special ceremony will be held tomorrow, Monday, for the 28th consecutive year, in the Knesset's Chagall Hall during which President Rivlin, PM Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Edelstein and other dignitaries will read aloud the names of Jewish Holocaust victims. Holocaust survivors and their relatives will light six candles commemorating the six million Jewish victims who died; photos taken by survivors will be on display.