Abstract | What is known about the number of Jews in Europe. And what is not.
This lecture will focus on the numerical development of the Jewish population in Europe in the last thousand years or so. The rise and fall of Europe as the most significant centre of Jewish civilisation will be presented and explained. The driving forces behind this development – fertility, mortality and migration – will be analysed in some detail. While the first part of the lecture will consider the classic story of the demographic development of Jews in Europe, the second will ask ‘how certain are we?’ and focus on the lacunae in the picture. What do new sources of information, such as genetic ancestry testing, have to add to the classic picture?
BIO | Dr Daniel Staetsky is a Senior Research Fellow at JPR and Director of its European Jewish Demography Unit. His expertise spans the disciplines of demography, applied statistics and history, and he is a former researcher and analyst at the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel and at RAND Europe. He holds an MA in demography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD in social statistics from the University of Southampton. He specialises in Jewish, European and Middle Eastern demography, with over twenty years of experience and a long publication record in these fields.
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