Jews Killed During the Holocaust by Country

People looking at a memorial wall naming the victims of the Holocaust.
ATTILA KISBENEDEK/Contributor/Getty Images

During the Holocaust, the Nazis murdered an estimated six million Jews. These were Jews from across Europe who spoke different languages and had different cultures. Some of them were wealthy and some of them were poor. Some were assimilated and some were Orthodox. What they did have in common was that all of them had at least one Jewish grandparent, which was how the Nazis defined who was Jewish.

The Nazis forced Jews out of their homes, crowded them into ghettos, and then deported them to either a concentration or a death camp. Most died of starvation, disease, overwork, shooting, or gas. After death, their bodies were either dumped into a mass grave or cremated. 

Never in the history of the world had there been such a large-scale, systematic genocide as that conducted by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Estimating the Holocaust Murders 

Because of the vast numbers of Jews murdered, no one is absolutely sure how many died in each camp, but there are good estimates of deaths by the camp. The same is true about estimates per country. 

There is no single wartime document that estimates the number of Jewish deaths during the Holocaust. Between 1942 and 1943, the Nazis did attempt to compile statistics for their final solution. One copy of that record was captured by the U.S. Army in 1945. By late 1943, however, the German and Axis authorities recognized they were losing the war and had no time to continue counting. Instead, they ramped up the number of deaths and began destroying existing records and evidence of previous mass murders. Total estimates used today are based on postwar studies and research of the existing data.

New Estimates

A study published in 2013 by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, based on a painstaking evaluation of available documents and investigation of 42,000 camps and ghettos, identified that the total number of deaths was almost double the numbers generated shortly after the war. 

In addition to approximately 6 million Jews killed, the Axis killed around 5.7 million non-Jewish Soviet citizens, around 3 million non-Jewish Soviet prisoners of war, 300,000 Serb citizens, around 250,000 people with disabilities living in institutions, and around 300,000 Roma (Gypsies). Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, and German political opponents account for at least another 100,000 people. Estimates of the total number of people who died in the Holocaust now range between 15 and 20 million. 

Jews Killed in the Holocaust by Country

The following chart shows the estimated number of Jews killed during the Holocaust by country. Notice that Poland by far lost the largest number (three million), with the Soviet Union having lost the second most (one million).

The totals for all countries show that nearly two-thirds of all Jews in Europe were killed during the Holocaust.

The following figures are estimates based on census reports, captured German and Axis archived records, and postwar investigations. These are the numbers according to the latest investigations by ​The U.S. Museum of the Holocaust.  


Country

Pre-war Jewish Population

Estimated Murdered
Albania 200 unknown
Austria 185,026 65,459
Belgium 90,000 24,387
Bulgaria 50,000 unknown
Czechoslovakia 354,000 260,000
Denmark 7,500 52-116
Estonia 4,500 963
France 300,000-330,000 72,900-74,000
Germany 237,723 165,200
Greece 71,611 58,800-65,000
Hungary 490,621 297,621
Italy 58,412 7,858
Latvia 93,479 70,000
Lithuania 153,000 130,000
Luxembourg 3,500-5,000 1,200
Netherlands 140,245 102,000
Norway 1,800 758
Poland 3,350,000 2,770,000-3,000,000
Romania 756,930 211,214–260,000
Soviet Union 3,028,538 1,340,000
Yugoslavia 82,242 67,228
Total: 9,459,327-9,490,827 5,645,640-5,931,790

Sources

Dawidowicz, Lucy S. "The War Against the Jews: 1933-1945." Paperback, Reissue edition, Bantam, March 1, 1986.

"Documenting Numbers of Victims of the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution." Holocaust Encyclopedia, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, February 4, 2019, Washington, DC.

Edelheit, Abraham. "History of the Holocaust: A Handbook and Dictionary." 1st Edition, Kindle Edition, Routledge, October 9, 2018.

Gutman, Israel (editor). "Encyclopedia of the Holocaust." Hardcover, 1st edition, Macmillan Pub. Co, 1990.

Hilberg, Raul. "The Destruction of European Jews." Student One Volume Edition, Paperback, 1st Ed. edition, Holmes & Meier, September 1, 1985.

"Jewish Losses During the Holocaust: By Country." Holocaust Encyclopedia, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, March 27, 2019, Washington, DC.

Megargee, Geoffrey (editor). "The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, Volume I: Early Camps, Youth Camps, and Concentration Camps and ... Administration Main Office." Elie Wiesel (Foreward), Kindle Edition, Indiana University Press, May 22, 2009.

Format
mla apa chicago
Your Citation
Rosenberg, Jennifer. "Jews Killed During the Holocaust by Country." ThoughtCo, Feb. 4, 2022, thoughtco.com/number-of-jews-killed-during-holocaust-by-country-4081781. Rosenberg, Jennifer. (2022, February 4). Jews Killed During the Holocaust by Country. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/number-of-jews-killed-during-holocaust-by-country-4081781 Rosenberg, Jennifer. "Jews Killed During the Holocaust by Country." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/number-of-jews-killed-during-holocaust-by-country-4081781 (accessed May 26, 2022).