Politics | March 10, 2002, Sunday // 00:00

Bulgaria’s President Parvanov participated in the ceremony in memory of the Holocaust victims and the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews, which was held on March 10th in front of the Jewish Monument in Plovdiv. In his speech, Parvanov described March 10 as "a day of deserved national pride". Israeli Ambassador to Bulgaria Emanuel Zisman was iniatiator of the idea for declaring March 9 – day of commemoration of the Holocaust victims and the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews. 8,500 Jews from Plovdiv and Kyustendil, Zisman was among them, were supposed to be deported to the Nazi death camps on March 9, 1943 but after the intervention of then parliamentary deputy speaker Dimitur Peshev, of MPs, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and members of the public the departure of the Jews that was prevented.

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