Holocaust survivors celebrate their bar mitvahs for the first time at the Western Wall
Holocaust survivors celebrate their bar mitvahs for the first time at the Western WallNoam Moskowitz

Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics has published statistics that show that there are currently 147,199 holocaust survivors and victims of antisemitic actions during the holocaust. 61% of all holocaust survivors are women, while 39% are men.

4.5% immigrated to Israel before the establishment of the state, between 1933-1947. A third (31.7%) immigrated during the large aliyah wave following the establishment of the state of Israel (1948-1951). 29.7% immigrated between 1952 and 1989, and about a third (34.1%) came to the Jewish state since the 90s, during the wave of aliyah from the former Soviet Union.

87% of the survivors are either "very satisfied" or with their lives, similar to the 88% of Jews and others above the age of 75. 17.3% of Holocaust survivors felt lonely often, compared to 12.6% of Jews and others above 75.

According to the statistics from the beginning of 2022, there were a total of 15.3 million Jews in the world, of which approximately 7.0 million resided in Israel (approximately 46% of all Jews worldwide).

This compared with the statistics from 1939, the eve of World War Two, then the amount of Jews in the world was 16.6 million, of them, only 449 thousand (3%) resided in the land of Israel. Slightly less than ten years later, in 1948, the number of Jews in the world diminished to 11.5 million; of them, 650 thousand (6%) were in the land of Israel.

Of the Jews who do not currently reside in Israel: approximately six million live in the United States, about 442 thousand in France, 392 thousand in Canada, 292 thousand in Britain, 173 thousand in Argentina, 145 thousand in Russia, 118 thousand in Germany, and approximately 118 live thousand in Australia.