PM Stanishev Honors Rescue of Bulgaria Jews from Nazi Holocaust

Society | May 24, 2008, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev participated Friday in the ceremony honoring the 65-year since the protests from May 24, 1943, with which the Bulgarian citizens opposed the deportation of the Bulgarian Jews to the Nazi death camps.

"It is very important to remember today the lessons, and not to allow hatred towards the different religions, ethnicities, and convictions in Bulgaria, because democracy is a constant struggle", Stanishev said quoted by the Trud Daily.

In his words, lenient attitude towards xenophobic acts carried a serious risk for the Bulgarian society.

The PM also pointed out that the act of the protesters on May 24, 1943, deserved enormous respect because the people expressed their will to rescue their Jewish compatriots in the face of possible repressions.

About 50,000 Bulgarian Jews were rescued from deportation to concentration camps in 1943 even though Bulgaria was formally an ally of Nazi Germany.

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