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Differential Reproductive Success among the Serbian Jews

Jelena Čvorović and Kosta Nikolić


Published: 2015/06/01


Using a genealogical dataset covering three generations, this paper explores differential reproductive success and maternal fitness among 127 Serbian Jewish women, born between 1870 and 1940, and their descendants. The reproductive differentials of Serbian Jewry are investigated along the origin line (Ashkenazi vs. Sephardi Jews), in addition to other variables such as religiosity, out-marriage, Holocaust experience, and political and social standings. It is found that women born to Sephardi parents have left more descendants (more grandchildren) than those born to Ashkenazi parents. Also, those women whose family members were associated with the Yugoslav Communist Party have left more descendants than the others.

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