Jewish Birthrate in Hungary Shows Serious Falling off

A total of 616 Jewish births were registered in Budapest in the first four months of this year as compared with 1,046 Jewish deaths registered in the same period, the latest statistics published recently reveal. The Jewish birth-rate has been falling steadily in Hungary since the end of the war. In the year 1920, 2,596 Jewish births were registered. In 1925 there were 2,390; in 1926, there was a further fall to 2,149; in 1927 there were 1,870; in 1928, 2,140 and in 1929 only 1,902 Jewish births. At the same time the number of births of the non-Jewish population has been steadily on the increase.

The Hungarian Jewish weekly, “Egynloeseg,” attributes the cause of the decline to the large number of mixed marriages which it estimates to number between 12 to 15 percent of the total of Jewish marriages. The children of these mixed marriages are no longer registered as Jews, the “Egynloeseg” explains.

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