2021-12-27 12:14:00

FJCR considers departure from traditional values the main reason for demographic decline of Jewish population after the war

Moscow, December 27, Interfax - The Jewish population did not recover after the Great Patriotic War, primarily because of the departure from the traditional way of life, according to the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR).

"First of all, before the war, most Jews adhered to a traditional way of life, and on average there were at least four or five children in each family, whereas in the post-war period there were already one or two children in a Jewish family. That is, a strong demographic decline is obvious," FJCR President Alexander Boroda said in an interview with Interfax.

According to statistics, there was a strong demographic failure of Jewish world population of 5.5 million people from 1940 to 1948. At the same time, the pre-war number hasn't yet been restored.

The second reason for the demographic failure, according to the rabbi, was post-war assimilation, the spread of secular ideology through new means of communication affected even the most conservative strata of society.

"And these two factors have significantly affected the growth of the Jewish population, including in the post-Soviet space, over the past 75 years," Boroda believes.