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In most cases, the only communication between soldiers and their loved ones back home were through the letters they wrote;  therefore, the importance of these letters cannot be measured.  Each  letter from the Pacific or a European battlefield tells a story.  If you have any correspondence from a loved one who served in the war, and would like to share them, please email them to me at brent@worldwar02.com and I will post them.  These letters are more valuable than any history book or History Channel documentary; they have a decidedly more human edge to them and serve as a reminder of the humanity behind both sides of the fighting.  Whether describing the horrors of war, or just a simple letter home to check in, these letters tell the true story of World War II.
 
Some of the letters posted here may contain graphic material or content that might be viewed as offensive.  The views in these letters are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent my beliefs or opinions. 
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    HOLOCAUST DEATHS BY COUNTRY

    COUNTRY

    ESTIMATED
    PRE-WAR
    JEWISH
    POPULATION

    ESTIMATED
    JEWISH
    POPULATION
    ANNIHILATED

    Poland

    3,300,000

    3,000,000

    Baltic countries

    253,000

    228,000

    Germany & Austria

    240,000

    210,000

    Bohemia & Moravia

    90,000

    80,000

    Slovakia

    90,000

    75,000

    Greece

    70,000

    54,000

    Netherlands

    140,000

    105,000

    Hungary

    650,000

    450,000

    Byelorussian SSR

    375,000

    245,000

    Ukrainian SSR

    1,500,000

    900,000

    Belgium

    65,000

    40,000

    Yugoslavia

    43,000

    26,000

    Romania

    600,000

    300,000

    Norway

    2,173

    890

    France

    350,000

    90,000

    Bulgaria

    64,000

    14,000

    Italy

    40,000

    8,000

    Luxembourg

    5,000

    1,000

    Russian SFSR

    975,000

    107,000

    Finland

    2,000

    22

    Denmark

    8,000

    52

    TOTALS

    8,861,800

    5,933,900