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  • 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 ▸

  • Appeals Made for Bulgarian Jew Sentenced to Death for Spying

    Humanitarian organizations and friends of Heinrich Nathan Speter are working against time to try to save the life of the 53-year-old Bulgarian Jewish economist and former United Nations employe who was sentenced to death by a firing squad in Sofia for allegedly spying for an unnamed country. Reports from the Bulgarian capital said an appeal… More ▸

  • Bulgarian Jews, Rescuers, Memorialized

    The recent opening in Sofia of a permanent exposition entitled, “The Rescue of Bulgarian Jews–1941-44,” paid tribute to Bulgarians who tried to save Jews from the Nazis. Ten Jewish Freedom Fighters “who fell in the struggle against Nazism” were commemorated on the 29th anniversary of their death by the town of Stanke Dimitroy The “Order… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Honors Three Jews

    The Bulgarian government has decided to honor three members of the Jewish community for their “fight against Fascism” during World War II. Receiving medals for their resistance work in Varna, Bulgaria’s third largest city, were Avram Leon Sevilia, Albert Missimov Efraimov, and Mrs. Marie Stoyanova-Levy. At the same time, a meeting was held dedicated to… More ▸