Following Gabriele Nissim's speech at the meeting "Facing our past" held last month in Sofia, Chief-editor of Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Yuliana Metodieva sent us her take on the corrections that need be made to Bulgarian memory and the issue of the failure of Bulgaria to rescue the Jews from Thrace and Macedonia during Second World War.
Gabriele Nissim points out the necessity to remove the monument dedicated to King Boris as saviour of Jews and replace it with a Garden of the Righteous in Sofia that should honour the true masterminds between the Jews' rescue, as well as the Bulgarian victims of communism.
Bulgarian Helsinki Committee is to hold in the Bulgarian capital the meeting Facing our past, on 5 and 6 October at Hotel Radisson in Narodno Sabranje square 4. Guest star is Gabriele Nissim, author of The Man Who Stopped Hitler. With the participation of scholars from the US, France, Bulgaria and Macedonia and prominent members of the Jewish community.
Gabriele Nissim, who discovered the figure of Dimitar Peshev and told his story in his book The man who stopped Hitler, explores the meaning of moral self-criticism for the conscience and identity of Bulgaria.
Famous US actor Brad Pitt to produce movie about the deal between the hi-tech company and Nazi Germany to develop system to identify and kill the European Jews. Many firms collaborated in the Holocaust, some of them apologised.
The Righteous among the nations mentioned also in Gabriele Nissim's Senseless Goodness should not be remembered only for following his little pupils into the gas chambers of Treblinka, but also for a 40-year long career spent at defending human dignity and anticipating modern children's rights.
the genocide of Jews
In the framework of second world war (1939-1945) Europe witnessed the genocide of the Jewish people (1941-1945). The “final solution“, the extermination of six million Jews, was planned by Hitler who had come on power in Germany in 1933. Since the publication of Mein Kampf, Hitler had planned the nationalsocialist revolution based on a racist ideology.
In the memory of the Jewish people and in the verdict that closed the works of the International Military Court, 6,000,000 victims of the extermination are estimated. As a matter of facts, the most reliable scholars including Raul Hilberg estimate about 5,200,000 victims.