Bulgaria and the Holocaust

What was going on in Bulgaria during the Holocaust?

History Overview (Around the 20th-21st centuries)

Bulgaria was once a part of the Byzantine Empire, but when the Ottomans conquered them, Bulgaria became part of the Ottoman Empire. Bulgaria was technically restored in 1878, however it was ultimately independent in 1908.

During World War One, Bulgaria joined Germany with the promise of territory as an award. However, because of an allied blockade, sever shortages caused the people in Bulgaria to nearly starve. In 1918 French and British troops came to Bulgaria and had the Bulgarians sign an armistice.

In 1919, Bulgaria was forced to sign the treaty of Nueilly-Sur-Seine, a treaty to allow people to take various pieces of land from Bulgaria. Bulgaria's military became restricted to just 20,000 men, but in 1932, the reparations were cancelled.

Bulgaria then became a USSR ally, with Todor Zhivkov being the Communist Party General Secretary.

In 1989, reforms in the Soviet Union inspired demands for democratizing Bulgaria, and other countries.

In 2004, Bulgaria was admitted to NATO.

In 2007, Bulgaria was admitted to the European Union.

Today, the population is approximately 7 million.

Bulgaria and the Holocaust

During World War Two, initially it seemed as if the European Countries did little to care of the fate of their Jewish citizens. However, Bulgaria was one of few countries there where the people spoke up against this.

In 1943, Bulgaria had signed an accord to ship 20,000 Jews to Polish-Nazi concentration camps. However, when the trains came in, many citizens protested. With news spreading that there was already several other successful deportations, Bulgarian politicians, intellectuals, and members of the Bulgarian clergy set off alarms that this was wrong, and insisted to protest. Current Bulgarian leader, Tsar Boris III, was inclined to continue until Dimitar Peshev, deputy speaker of the parliament, persuaded him to delay.

Later on, Boris III had a dinner meeting with Hitler about the fate of the Jewish, and it led to Boris' final decision that all Bulgarian Jewish people are safe.

Boris died mysteriously around a few weeks later, people believe that Hitler poisoned him for not deporting the Jewish Bulgarians. His body was not found, but his heart was.

Key People

How Were Bulgarian Students Taught About Their History?

History Changes According to the Perspective...

My parents were both educated about history in the communist-Bulgarian perspective. History in Bulgaria is currently being re-written to reveal the ultimate perspective of the holocaust there, correcting the biased perspective of the communist era. An interview with my parents revealed some rather interesting things, some things left unmentioned in the general arc of the history of Bulgaria from a global perspective.


Their history covers specifics of the fate of Jewish people, Bulgarian and not.

A law was passed that all Jewish people with Bulgarian citizenship were safe from being deported. This led for the population of Bulgaria to grow as thousands of Jewish people, from areas like Yogoslavia and Turkey, got their citizenship and went to live in Bulgaria. This detail is not really covered in the entire retrospect of Bulgaria, but it is surely a very important one at that.

The Remains of Boris III and the Orthodox Monastery

What I also found to be intriguing from the interview is that the body of Boris was not found, according to them. What was left of him was his heart, which was buried in the Rila Monastery, the most famous Orthodox Monastery in Bulgaria. I have actually visited it this past summer, and saw the grave covered in pebbles and surrounded in candles where the Bulgarians paid their respects. Here's a picture. (Above) It's high in the mountains to overlook the lands.

There is evidence of Muslim architecture there as well, with the patterns and use of color. It makes sense considering Bulgaria was once part of the Ottoman Empire.

Another fact, I went hiking up the country's famous Seven Lakes of Rila mountain trail, nearby the monastery.

Bulgarians are actually very tolerant of all religions there, to add more details. In fact, in Sophia today there is a 'Religious Triangle.' One corner is an Orthodox Church, the other is a Muslim Mosque, and the third corner is a Jewish Synagogue.

Sources

"How Bulgaria Saved Its Jews from Nazi Concentration Camps." Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 31 May 2016. <https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/how-bulgaria-saved-its-jews-from-nazi-concentration-camps/2013/05/08/e866bdda-8cb1-11e2-9838-d62f083ba93f_story.html>.


"A SHORT HISTORY OF BULGARIA." A Brief History of Bulgaria. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2016. <http://www.localhistories.org/bulgaria.html>.


"Timeline: Bulgaria." BBC News. BBC, 23 Jan. 2012. Web. 31 May 2016. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/country_profiles/1061402.stm>.


"Bulgaria." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 29 Jan. 2016. Web. 31 May 2016. <https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005451>.


The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Boris III." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 31 May 2016. <http://www.britannica.com/biography/Boris-III>.


"Dimitar Peshev - The Righteous Among The Nations - Yad Vashem." Dimitar Peshev - The Righteous Among The Nations - Yad Vashem. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2016. <http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/righteous/stories/peshev.asp>.


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Boris III: 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Picture of Bulgaria: (Screenshot from Google Maps)

The Monastery: (Picture I took on my phone)