Bulgaria Marks 72 Years from Rescue of Its Jews

Society | March 10, 2015, Tuesday // 10:04|  views

A delegation of lawmakers succeeded in its efforts to thwart the deportation of thousands of Jews to the death camps. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian authorities are commemorating on Tuesday the 72nd anniversary of Sofia's move to save thousands of Jews living on its territory from deportation during World War Two.

As many as 20 000 Jews were not sent to concentration camps after a delegation of MPs foiled on March 10, 1943 the Bulgarian government's plans to do this under a secret agreement with Nazi Germany, whose ally the country was during the war. 

Lawmakers acted inspired and led by Dimitar Peshev, then Deputy Parliament Speaker, and put in effort to properly inform Bulgarian citizens of the cabinet's attempt.

новна роля изиграват пловдивският митрополит Кирил, по-късно български патриарх, и софийският екзарх Стефан, както и заместник-председателят на 25-ото Народно събрание Димитър Пешев. Намесата на обществеността също се оказва решаваща.

11 343 евреи от Тракия, Македония и Пирот обаче са изпратени в лагерите на смъртта в изпълнение на споразумението с нацистка Германия.

Копирано от standartnews.com

Another idea, developed in May 1943, included the deportation of all 50 000 Bulgarian Jews to the death camps. Instead, King Boris III decided that half of them should be sent to cities, towns and villages outside Sofia. Berlin later abandoned its plans.

Unfortunately Bulgaria failed to save 11 343 Jews from parts of Thrace and Macedonia, which were administered by Bulgaria at the time.

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Tags: Jews, World War Two, concentration camps, Dimitar Peshev, Bulgaria


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