Bulgaria Commemorates 70 Years of Rescue of Jews

Society | March 10, 2013, Sunday // 11:42

The 70th anniversary of the rescue of Bulgaria's Jews in WW II will be commemorated with a number of solemn ceremonies in Bulgarian capital Sofia Sunday.

The organization of jews in Bulgaria, Shalom, will unveil a memorial sign near the Bulgarian Parliament at 3 pm, after which a solemn ceremony will be held at the Sofia Synagogue at 5 pm.

The ceremony will be attended by official representatives of the Jewish community in Bulgaria, the state of Israel, as well as Bulgaria's other international partners.

At 7 pm, mayors of Bulgarian towns which helped rescue Jews from the Nazis will be awarded the Shofar prize in a ceremony under the auspices of Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev.

The solemn events Sunday will also mourn the 11,343 Jews who were deported to the death camps from territories in Yugoslavia and Greece occupied by Bulgaria during WW II.

Wednesday the 70th anniversary of the rescue of Bulgaria's Jews was marked with official events by the EU in Brussels.

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