This A1-sized Jewish population map is the perfect teaching tool to convey to students the enormity of destruction that was undertaken throughout the duration of World War II.
On the eve of World War II approximately nine million Jews lived in Europe. After two millennia of growth, Jewish communities flourished int he great European capitals such as Paris and Vienna, and in the tiny shtetlach (mainly Jewish townships) of Eastern Europe. In only thirteen years of Nazi rule, some 23,500 of these communities were destroyed. While Jewish communities are slowly regenerating across Europe today, the rich cultural life of the vibrant and diverse pre-war communities exist no more.
This map demotes Jewish deaths as percentages of total Jewish populations. It compares the pre-war populations of 1933-39 to Jewish deaths under Nazi occupation. The map also denotes international borders as at 1933, German occupied and Axis countries, and Neutral or Allied regions.