Moscow (Aug. 25)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The Jewish population in the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics numbers 2,600,945, according to the latest figures made public here.
During the last thirty years, since 1897 when the last census was taken in Russia, the Jewish population has increased less than four percent.
The growth of the general population during the same period was about forty percent.
The slight increase of the Jewish population is ascribed here to the fact that a great number of Russian Jews have, during the period, emigrated to America and to Palestine. It is asserted that during the period 1897-1923 550,00 Jews left Russia for America, 18,000 for Palestine and 31,000 for various other countries.
These figures do not include the Jewish populations of Poland. Lithuania and the other states which were formerly part of the Russian Empire and are now independent republics.