So what is the claim exactly? Did jews only survive because they managed to live through inferior nutrition and disease at the end of the war, or was it because the weak ones were gassed and the most "genetically fit" were used as labor?
This doesn't even seem like real science. They compared European jews and jews in Israel born between 1911-45. Could it be, that there were already genetic differences between European and middle eastern jews? Also, could they have had more money (*cough cough* reparations) and thus could afford better food and medical attention? It seems like there's a lot of confounding variables here.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech ... camps.html
Holocaust survivors live an average seven years longer than other Jewish people because they had to be tough to survive
- Holocaust survivors more likely to reach their mid-80s than other Israeli Jews
- Scientists say it is an example of 'cruel Darwinistic selection' for superior genes
- Those that survived the genocide are also more likely to be health-conscious
- They are however at greater risk of hypertension, kidney disease and dementia
Holocaust survivors live seven years longer on average than other Jewish people in Israel who did not experience the horrors of the Nazi genocide - thanks to their DNA.
In a new study, scientists say survivors may have been genetically more resilient to the severe hardships they endured at the hands of the Germans.
This 'cruel Darwinistic selection' - combined with a heightened awareness of their own well-being - has increased their life expectancy beyond that of Israeli Jews who were not caught up in the 20th-century extermination of their people, they claim.
The abominable treatment survivors experienced may have also improved their mental and physical toughness, experts say, and made them more health conscious.
The study of around 83,000 Jewish men and women living in Israel found mortality rates are around 16 per cent lower for those who were not imprisoned.
A combination of these factors has culminated in a life expectancy of 84.8 years of age for survivors.
This is considerably higher than the average lifespan of Israeli Jews who did not live through the holocaust - which is 77.7 years on average.
But the remarkable endurance of these people is made more astonishing by the fact they are also more likely to suffer with hypertension (16 per cent), kidney disease (11 per cent) and dementia (seven per cent).
The study compared more than 38,000 Holocaust survivors born in Europe and nearly 35,000 Israelis all born between 1911 and 1945.
Both groups were insured by Maccabi Healthcare Services in Israel, providing the team with extensive health data, gathered between 1998 and 2017.
'Obviously, survivors have higher resilience, both physical and probably also mental, than those who did not manage to survive,' corresponding author Dr Gideon Koren, of Maccabi Healthcare Services, Tel Aviv told MailOnline.
'This research can explain the favourable life expectancy in Israel: As a large proportion of Israelis are survivors and their children, it is a cruel Darwinistic selection that caused them to live longer.'