Jewish Population Drops in Reich Province

A drastic decline in the Jewish population of Baden, Germany, was revealed in a report of the Baden Council of Jewish Communities, which showed that from 20,617 in 1933 the number of Jews shrank in 1937 to 13,900, or a decline of one-third.

According to the report, the reduction is attributable to emigration and mortality. The number of births in 1937 totalled 48 against 331 deaths. Of a total 120 Jewish communities in the province, 17 were dissolved in 1937.

More than half of the Baden Jewish population is concentrated in Mannheim and Karlsruhe. An outstanding example of the population shrinkage is afforded by the record of the Plauen Jewish community, which dropped from 802 in 1933 to 381 at the beginning of 1938.

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