Bulgarian Intellectuals Oppose Anti-jewish Measures of Government

Bulgarian newspapers reaching here today report that many Bulgarian intellectuals, arguing that Germany has already lost the war, are warning the Bulgarian Government against continuing its anti-Jewish policy.

The Bulgarian Fascist newspaper “Zora” says that these intellectuals are “strongly nationalistic” but that they are in outspoken opposition to the anti-Jewish regulations and especially to the deportation of Jews from Sofia and other cities. This opposition also finds support among Bulgarian women, the article states.

The Department for Jewish Affairs, which the Bulgarian Government recently established, now has the sole authority to decide which of the Jews in Sofia are to be permitted to remain in the city. A report disseminated by the Nazi news agency DNB states that of 5,000 Jews who are still in Sofia, approximately 3,000 have been mobilized for labor camps or factories. What is to be done with the remaining 2,000 Jews, who are citizens of neutral countries, has not been decided. More than 19,000 Bulgarian Jews have already been deported from Sofia and are said to be concentrated in restricted areas in thirteen provincial townships, where they are permitted to appear in the streets only at certain hours.

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