Turkey Admits Nationality of 200 Jewish Families in Bulgaria, Lifting Expulsion Threat

TWO HUNDRED FAMILIES WERE SAVED FROM EXPULSION FROM BULGARIA TODAY AS THE OUTCOME OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THIS COUNTRY AND TURKEY.

AFTER LONG NEGOTIATIONS, TURKEY CONSENTED TO ISSUE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATES OF TURKISH NATIONALITY TO THE FAMILIES, LIVING IN VARNA AND BOURGAS. BEFORE THAT THEY HAD BEEN THREATENED WITH DEPORTATION AS PERSONS OF UNCERTAIN NATIONALITY. AS A RESULT OF TURKEY’S ACTION, BULGARIAN AUTHORITIES ISSUED RESIDENTIAL PERMITS.

THREAT OF DEPORTATION HAD BEEN HANGING OVER THE HEADS OF THE JEWISH FAMILIES FOR MANY MONTHS.

ANTI-SEMITISM WAS DECLARED NOT TO EXIST IN BULGARIA, IN A SYMPOSIUM PUBLISHED TODAY, WITH CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDING SOME OF THE LEADING POLITICAL FIGURES OF THE COUNTRY.

IN THE SYMPOSIUM, ENTITLED “RACIALISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM,” ALL CONTRIBUTORS EXPRESSED THE VIEW THAT THE JEWS OF BULGARIA SHOULD ENJOY THE SAME RIGHTS AS THE REST OF THE POPULATION. AMONG THE WRITERS WERE GRIGOR VASSILEFF, FORMER PREMIER AND FOREIGN MINISTER, AND FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER M.N. MOUCHANOFF.

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