Grave of Bulgarian Poet Vaptsarov Desecrated
The grave of the famous Bulgarian poet Nikola Vaptsarov has been desecrated.
Relatives of the poet told the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) they were going to demand an exhumation in order to determine whether the remains of Vaptsarov are still in the grave.
Practically, there is no longer a grave of the poet at the Sofia's municipal cemetery. The four-ton stone, which used to be on top of the grave, has been broken into pieces, and the epitaph has been erased, relatives said.
They found that at that place Vaptsarov's nephew Elisaveta Nikolova, who passed away in November 2008, was buried.
Gravediggers had not found any remains when digging Elisaveta Nikolova's grave, Maya Vaptsarova, another nephew of Vaptsarov's, said in an interview for the "Trud" Daily.
Vaptsarov's relatives are confused as to where the remains of the poet are. They have already talked to the police, and an investigation has been launched.
Another insulting fact is that Britain's Library website (BL.uk) cites Vaptsarov as a Macedonian poet. The Bulgarian Member of the European Parliament, Bilyana Raeva, intends to send a letter of complaint to the head of the library.
Nikola Vaptsarov is a Bulgarian poet and revolutionary, who lived at the beginning of the 20th century. His only published poetry book is Motor Verses (1940). He was arrested and executed by a firing squad, convicted of communist activity against the government of Tsar Boris III, and the German troops in Bulgaria.
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