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Members of Bulgarian Cabinet Address Jews in Sofia Synagogue; Promise Them Assistance

Sofia Jews were highly gratified at the presence in the Sephardic synagogue today of high Government officials, who delivered brief addresses during an intermission in the Rosh Hashonah services.

Minister Without Portfolio Debri Terpecheff expressed the gratitude of all the Bulgarian people for the manner in which the country’s Jewish citizens aided in the struggle to overthrow fascism here. He said that with few exceptions Bulgarians remained friends of the Jews, and that their blood which was spilt in the common struggle against the Nazis and their followers in Bulgaria had cemented brotherhood.

M, Terpecheff appealed to the Jews to bear patiently the temporary sufferings they are undergoing. He assured them that the Government would do its utmost to improve their position once the severe economic crisis has been weathered. General Stoytcoff, former commander of the Bulgarian First Army, speaking on behalf of the armed forces, said that the persecution of Jews had been something imposed on Bulgaria by its fascist rulers.

Other officials attending the Rosh Hashonah services included Regent Pavloff, Deputy War Minister Gen. Lekarski, and a representative of the Soviet minister.

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