The President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Roumen Radev, and other politicians joined the Jewish congregation of Sofia for its Chanukah celebration at the city’s Great Synagogue on Sunday evening. As a relatively new President, this was Radev’s first participation in the main Chanukah ceremony.
The mayor of the Bulgarian city of Vidin, Ognyan Tsenkov, and Roza Marinova, head of the local branch of the Shalom Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria, the country’s EJC affiliate, have signed the final donation contract which will see the 19th century Vidin Synagogue pass from the ownership of the organization to the municipality.
A book entitled “Bulgarian Jews: Living History” is to be published in March 2018 as the country marks the 75th anniversary of the prevention of the deportation of Bulgarian Jews to the death camps of the Holocaust and mourns the murders of 11,343 Jews from Bulgarian-administered territory who did not escape that fate.
The Alyosha monument in Bulgaria’s second city of Plovdiv has been daubed with numerous antisemitic, anti-Russian and anti-communist messages.
The claim that it was the Soviet army that rescued Bulgarian Jews from deportation to the Holocaust is either deep ignorance of history or an attempt at provocation, Bulgarian President Roumen Radev said on Saturday.
Bulgaria’s Cabinet has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and has appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Georg Georgiev as national co-ordinator for the fight against antisemitism....