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World Jewish Population Estimated at 12,500,000; U.S. Has 5,510,000 Jews

July 27, 1962
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American Jewish Year Book for 1962, published today, estimates the Jewish population of the United States at 5,510,000 of whom 80 per cent are native born.

The total world Jewish population is estimated at about 12,500,000 with 936,000 in Canada, Central and South America, about 3,750,000 in Europe and about 2,000,000 in Asia. Some 500,000 Jews are estimated as living in African countries, and about 70,000 in Australia and New Zealand. The population of Israel was given as about 1,936,000 Jews and 243,000 non-Jews.

The Year Book reported that more state civil rights laws were passed in the United States during 1961 than in any similar period in the history of this country. More than 40 such laws were adopted by state legislatures in every part of the country but the south.

A special section contains a full report on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, including the full text of the indictment, a summary of the trial, a survey of press reaction in the United States and an analysis of the verdict. Highlight of the 130-page section is a comprehensive report by Dr. Salo W. Baron, Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University, on Jewish contributions to the cultural, social and economic life of Europe before Hitler. Dr. Baron testified at the trial in Jerusalem.

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