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  • 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 ▸

  • Demonstration at Bulgarian Mission

    Representatives of major Jewish organizations in the New York area demonstrated last night for almost three hours outside the Bulgarian Mission to the United Nations where top level Soviet officials were meeting at an official reception. The Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry coordinated the demonstration. Other organizations represented on the picket line included… More ▸

  • Bulgarian Jew Gets Government Award

    The Bulgarian Council of State has awarded Haim Loise Salomonov, a Jew, the order of “Ninth September 1944″ for his “outstanding performance in socialist competition,” government sources announced today. The order is awarded to Bulgarian workers who distinguish themselves in work for the national economy. Salomonov, a resident of Yasna Poliana, a village in the… More ▸