Bulgaria Honors Victims of Totalitarian Repressions
Bulgarian citizens have honored Friday the memory of the thousands of victims who perished in the repressions of the Bulgarian communist regime (1944-1989).
The remembrance took place at the special memorial in downtown Sofia, near the National Palace of Culture, on the occasion of August 23, the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism.
At 10:30 am they laid wreaths and flowers and bowed to the victims.
According to data of the Union of Bulgarians Repressed by the Communist Regime, over 30 000 people perished in the first years after the establishment of the communist regime in Bulgaria in 1944-1948, while thousands technically remain missing as a result of the communist repressions.
The European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism (known as the International Black Ribbon Day and under other names in some countries), which is observed on 23 August, was designated by the European Parliament in 2008/2009 as "a Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.
August 23 was chosen to coincide with the date of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, in which the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany agreed to divide Eastern Europe between themselves, an event described by the European Parliament's President Jerzy Buzek in 2010 as "the collusion of the two worst forms of totalitarianism in the history of humanity.
In November 2009, the Bulgarian Parliament followed suit by declaring August 23 a day of remembrance for the victims of the crimes of all national-socialist, communist, and other totalitarian regimes in the world.
The Members of the Parliament from the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, on whose mandate the current Cabinet was formed, were the only ones to not vote in support of the declaration and since then have never taken part in any ceremonies on the occasion.
"Bow your head, Bulgarian. This wall incorporates the suffering of our nation. Let the memory of the innocent spilled blood burn our hearts in eternal flames. Let the past never be repeated," states the inscription on the wall of the downtown Sofia memorial for the victims of the communist repressions in Bulgaria.
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Just finished listening to Pavel Kolesnikov (the link you sent me)! Loved it! Was hoping that he might be coming to our neck of the woods and found out that he is coming to Vancouver and Calgary in September, but no east. It is disappointing but I am sure that eventualy he will be coming here and we'll be there.... Thanks! :-)
Oh, yes, Kirill Gerstein....Chaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1...:-)
You can compare his skill-consummate skill, indeed- with that of Pavel Kolesnikov:
the first 4 minutes......I mean that Kirill is Today, when Pavel is
Thanks, sa-sha! this is lovely.
I am trying to find the programme I was talking about--still didn't find it. But found the one of May16, 2013, Piano Concerto #1, Tchaikovski. The pianist was Kiril Gerstein.
Have you heard about him? It was a fantastic performance....
“"At" straws, my dear DeePee ;)
At, on, who cares...I just told you that my editor is on vacation....
Well, back to the essentials. What I think about “apologists” and “political opportunists” and what happened with the protests: These protests have been already compromised being infiltrated by all kinds of people with different and dubious agendas. Basically the idea was great, but as usual the action was high jacked. All you have to remember October 1917 and how it started and who benefitted from it. Same happened in Bulgaria in 1944 where things started with the Otechestven front and ended up with complete control of BKP. Look what is happening in Egypt. People’s power is very tickled. And easily manipulated...
Speaking about apologists. There are victims and there are turncoats that switched very quickly to the other side and started preaching to the converted. It is a travesty how the message has changed to accommodate the goals of new opportunistic political goals...
There is something to be said about history and who has the right to point a finger. You are barking at the wrong tree, Seedy, imho. There are victims, survivors, and opportunists. The first are dead, the second are often too meek and the last are confident and without scruples. Pick the winner...
"At" straws, my dear DeePee ;)
However, I'd like to think that we could all agree that the memory of the murder of so many people by the Jolly Old Commies is worthy of a little respect, even in this forum. Moreover, one would, perhaps foolishly, like to think that apologists for the architects of so much comparatively recent misery and suffering would have the decency to hang their heads in shame and hold their tongues.
Clearly this is much too much to hope for in the days when "pro-government protesters" sign petitions in support of the very people who cheat, lie and steal from them. I have no problems with such misguided fools getting the government they deserve but I'm damned if I'll allow them to foist this ship of fools onto me as well....
You are grasping for straws. Your multiple personalities are beginning to take a toll on maintaining consistency.
Do you coordinate your master plans for entertaining the dodos on this forum by FB contact, or simply you are one and the same bimbo? Lately you had a few magnificent psts and that brought some real hope of elevating the conversation...
Alas it did not last long...
Keep it up, Comrade Brown-nose - soon the world will learn what you already know: Uncle Joe was a kindly and misunderstood humanitarian whose only aims wer to improve the lives of his unfortunate fellow-citizens and spread peace and goodwill throughout the world.
"No man, no problem." Worthy of the Nobel Prizes for Literature and Peace simultaneously wouldn't you say, Tovarich? ;)