is no precise figure for the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
The figure commonly used is the six million quoted by Adolf Eichmann,
a senior SS official. Most research confirms that the number of
victims was between five and six million. Early calculations range
from 5.1 million (Professor Raul Hilberg) to 5.95 million (Jacob
Leschinsky). More recent research, by Professor Yisrael Gutman and
Dr. Robert Rozett in the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, estimates
the Jewish losses at 5.59–5.86 million, and a study headed by Dr.
Wolfgang Benz presents a range from 5.29 million to six million.
sources for these statistics are comparisons of prewar censuses with
postwar censuses and population estimates. Nazi documentation
containing partial data on various deportations and murders is also
used. We estimate that Yad Vashem currently has somewhat more than
four million names of victims that are accessible. This figure is
based primarily on some two million Pages
of Testimony, which often contain information about more than
one Jew who perished in the Holocaust. As of early June 1999, more
than 1.6 million Pages of Testimony have been computerized. In
addition, we have thousands of documents containing names from the
Holocaust era, many of which are those of victims. This body of
documentation has yet to be fully researched and added to our
computerized database. Eventually we hope, through our
computerization project, to provide as much information as possible
about each victim.