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Global Jewish Population Approaches Pre-Holocaust Levels

The global Jewish population is nearly as large as it was before the Holocaust, according to a new tally released by an Israeli think tank on Monday.

A report by the Jerusalem-based Jewish People Policy Institute estimates that the global Jewish population has reached 14.2 million people. If accounting for people with one Jewish parent and people who identify as partially Jewish, the number reaches close to pre-Holocaust levels of 16.5 million, the Associated Press reports.

The report says that the rise is due to natural growth, mainly in Israel. In addition, 59% of adult children in the U.S. who have one Jewish parent say they identify as Jewish.

About 6 million Jewish people were killed during the Holocaust.

[AP]

World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939

Refugees near Warsaw during the 1939 German invasion of Poland. (Sign reads, 'Danger Zone -- Do Not Proceed.')
Refugees near Warsaw during the 1939 German invasion of Poland. (Sign reads, 'Danger Zone -- Do Not Proceed.')Hugo Jaeger—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Refugees near Warsaw during the 1939 German invasion of Poland. (Sign reads, 'Danger Zone -- Do Not Proceed.')
Burned-out tank, Warsaw, 1939.
Adolf Hitler (right) prepares to fly to the Polish front, 1939.
Post-invasion Poland, 1939.
Unfinished Polish bombers, 1939.
Near Sochaczew during the German invasion of Poland, 1939.
Polish soldiers captured by Germans during the invasion of Poland, 1939.
Polish soldiers and a Red Cross nurse captured during the invasion of Poland, 1939.
Captured Polish soldiers, 1939.
German troops prepare for victory parade after the invasion of Poland, 1939.
German victory parade in Warsaw after the invasion of Poland, 1939. (Hitler is on platform, arm raised in Nazi salute.)
Adolf Hitler views victory parade in Warsaw after the German invasion of Poland, 1939.
Right to left, front row: Adjutant Wilhelm Brueckner, Luftwaffe fighter ace Adolf Galland, Gen. Albert Kesselring and Gen. Johannes Blaskowitz view the victory parade in Warsaw after the German invasion of Poland, 1939.
Head of the SS Heinrich Himmler (right), one of the chief architects of the Holocaust, speaks with an unidentified officer in Warsaw after German invasion of Poland, 1939.
Warsaw citizens buried their dead in parks and streets after the invasion of Poland, 1939.
Warsaw citizens buried their dead in parks and streets after the invasion of Poland, 1939.
Street scene following the German invasion of Poland, 1939.
German nationals prepare for repatriation during the invasion of Poland, 1939.
Polish farmers and peasants flee German military during invasion of their country, 1939.
Polish women clean captured Polish guns in Modlin Fortress, north of Warsaw, 1939.
Jewish women and children in Gostynin, Poland, after the German invasion, 1939.
Polish refugees, Warsaw, 1939.
Warsaw, 1939.
Near Modlin Fortress, Poland, 1939.
Near Modlin Fortress, Poland, 1939.
Scene in post-invasion Poland, 1939.
Poles stand beneath monument to Polish patriot, Jan Kiliński, 1939.
Near Sochaczew during the German invasion of Poland, 1939.
Near Danzig after the German conquest of Poland, 1939.
Flea market in post-invasion Warsaw Ghetto, 1940.
Near Warsaw, fall 1939; sign points to the battle front.
Refugees near Warsaw during the 1939 German invasion of Poland. (Sign reads, 'Danger Zone -- Do Not Proceed.')
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