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  • Bulgarian-born Sephardic Jew Wins 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature

    Elias Canetti a Bulgarian-born Sephardic Jew, has been awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, it was announced in Stockholm today. The 76-year-old author who has lived at various times in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and France before settling in England in 1939 has produced seven books, only one a novel. But despite the sparsity of… More ▸

  • Situation of Jews in Bulgaria

    The 5,000 member Jewish community in Bulgaria remnants of a community once numbering hundred of thousands experiences some “private and personal” anti-Semitism but nothing on the official level, Prof. Israel Salvator, 72-year-old chairman of the community, told Israelis of Bulgarian origin. Salvator met with many former Bulgarian Jews in Jaffa, where thousands have taken up… More ▸

  • U.S. Branch of Bulgarian Church Denounces Holocaust, Anti-semitism

    The American branch of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church formally denounced anti-Semitism in a declaration presented to the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. Metropolitan Joseph, head of the New York Diocese of the church, which reports 100,000 worshippers in the United States and seven million throughout the world, said: “We declare that anti-Semitism and the… More ▸

  • Situation of Jews in Bulgaria

    The president of the Jewish Council of Bulgaria, Salvator Israel, reported here yesterday that the Jewish community in his country has been decimated by intermarriage and assimilation and religious life is negligible. But the community nevertheless is interested in establishing and strengthening contacts with Jewish organizations abroad and was interested in cooperation with the World… More ▸

  • Bulgarian Jewish Chemical Engineer Given is Years at Hard Labor

    Protests are expected to develop here against the reported conviction and sentencing of Solomon Ben-Josef, a 54-year-old Bulgarian Jewish chemical engineer who was given 15 years at hard labor after a secret trial in Sofia last week. According to a terse announcement from the Bulgarian capital, Ben-Josef was convicted for “economic crimes.” But observers believe… More ▸

  • Appeal Sent to Bulgaria Urging Spetters Death Sentence Be Commuted

    In an official statement Amnesty International expressed its “shock,” at the confirmation of Dr. Heinrich Spetter’s death sentence and disclosed that the organization’s secretary general, Martin Ennals, had appealed in a cable to Todor Zhivkov, Bulgaria’s head of state, to commute the sentence. Amnesty stressed that “the Bulgarian authorities had not released a single piece… More ▸