SOFIA (Jan. 31)
A six-month breathing spell for Jews before the recently enacted anti-Jewish law goes into full effect was provided by the Bulgarian Cabinet today.
It was announced officially that the Cabinet will “determine the restrictions to be placed on Jews in the exercise of the liberal professions, commerce and industry” within the next six months.
Announcement of this interval was greeted by Jewish circles as tantamount to 180 “days of grace” before application of the Bulgarian anti-Jewish edict.
Meanwhile, Bulgarian Jews have been given 30 days, as of last Saturday, to declare their “Jewish origin” at the City Hall and to register themselves by their original “Jewish names.” Use of Burglarized names by Jews will no longer be permitted.
Jews will also be required, during the same period, to file a full declaration of their real estate and personal property with the National Bank. It was announced that Jews will not be allowed to emigrate from Bulgaria until they have made such declarations. The anti-Jewish law forbids transfer of property abroad or to foreigners; all liquidation of Jewish estates must be carried out according to the monetary restrictions of the National Bank and all property must be transferred, prior to emigration, to Christian Bulgarian citizens.