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Bulgarian Government Issues Decree Rescinding Anti-jewish Laws; Citizenship Restored

The Bulgarian Government today promulgated a decree rescinding the last anti-Jewish measures on the statute books.

The law provides that “all orders contained in laws, statutes and regulations issued after January 23, 1941 which limit the rights of Bulgarian subjects or those of non-Bulgarian origin” are rescinded. It also states that Jews living in Sofia on that date are entitled to reside here.

Another section provides for the restoration of citizenship to all Jews who emigrated after January, 1940, and who were subsequently disfranchised by the pro-Nazi regime. Such persons, however, must return to Bulgaria within six months and furnish proof that they have renounced any foreign nationality which they may have assumed since they emigrated.