- May 2014
About two-thirds of Ukrainian Jews perished in the Holocaust. The 900,000 Ukrainian Jews figure doesn't include western Ukrainian Jews who also perished in the Holocaust. With them, the figure would probably be around 1.5-1.6 million. Of course, some Ukrainian Jews--such as my paternal grandfather, his parents, and his younger brother--moved from Ukraine to Russia in 1941 in order to escape the Nazis and never actually returned to live in Ukraine after the war; rather, they permanently remained in Russia. Ukraine had around 840,000 Jews in 1959 whereas there are now only around 50,000 of them. So, even between 1959 and 2019, the Ukrainian Jewish population fell by more than 90% as a result of low birth rates, intermarriage, assimilation, and mass emigration.Theres western immigration and on top of that the 900,000 Ukrainian Jews who died in the holocaust adding onto the top of that. That's probably a big chunk of the 98% decrease.