Published on January 24th in The Jerusalem Post
By the year 2035, there will only be some 26,200 Holocaust survivors living in Israel, according to a new report released by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day observed annually January 27.
The report stated that the population of survivors is aging and their numbers are decreasing with each passing year.
According to forecasts, the findings indicated that by 2020 there will only be some 142,000 survivors living in Israel and by 2025 this number will have decreased to 92,600 survivors.
The report found that at the end of 2016 there were some 186,500 Holocaust survivors living in Israel. This compared to some 202,600 survivors at the end of 2015.
Of these, 57,500 were survivors from the ghettos, hideouts, labor camps and concentration camps, with 77% of the survivors originating from European countries, the majority (32%) from Romania.
An additional 101 thousand lived in countries under Nazi rule, of them 55% were born in North Africa, primarily Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya, and some 28.1 thousand were refugees of which 76% were born in the former Soviet.
These three groups have been defined by various official government and private entities as "Holocaust survivors" and as such are entitled to receive the rights and benefits due to them for their experiences and exposure to the Nazi regime, according to the report.
“A Holocaust survivor is a person who lived in one of the countries occupied by or under the direct influence of the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945 and/or refugees who were forced to leave their homes due to the Nazi regime,” the report stated.
Of the survivors living in Israel at the end of 2016, some 59% were women and 41% men. As the age of the survivors increased, the share of women also significantly increased so that of the survivors aged 84 years-old and above some 63% were women and 37% men.
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