Bulgarian authorities commemorated on Friday the 74th anniversary of Sofia’s move to save thousands of Jews living on its territory from deportation during The Second World War.
As many as 20 000 jews were not sent to concentration camps after a delegation of MPs foiled on March, 10, 1943 the Bulgarian government’s plans to do this under a secret agreement with Nazi Germany, whose ally the country was during the war.
Another idea, developed in May 1943, included the deportation of all 50,000 Bulgarian Jews to the death camps. Instead, King Boris III decided that half of them should be sent to cities, towns and villages outside Sofia. Berlin later abandoned its plans.
The pro-Nazi Bulgarian government however was actively involved in the deportation of 11,343 Jews to the Nazi death camps from Thrace and Macedonia, which were administered by Bulgaria at the time.