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Bulgarian Orthodox Church honoured for role in saving Jews during the Holocaust

Bulgarian Jewish organisations conferred honours on the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for its role in the prevention of the deportation of Bulgarian Jews to the Nazi death camps.

Far-right extremists march in Sofia to honour World War II general

Hundreds of far-right extremists marched through the centre of Sofia on Saturday to honour a Bulgarian general who led a pro-Nazi organisation in the 1930s and 1940s.

Bulgarian Jews announce programme marking 75th anniversary of the saving of the country’s Jews

Events and initiatives marking 2018 as the 75th anniversary of the rescue of Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust at a news conference at Sofia Central Synagogue.

Bulgarian president attends Chanukah ceremony at Sofia synagogue

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.

Bulgarian Jews donate 19th synagogue building to municipality

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.

New book on history of Bulgarian Jews to be published next year

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.

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