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Jewish Genocide

Joseph and Louise Materne honoured as Righteous

Yad Vashem awarded the Belgian family who rescued Zalman Shiffer, the son to a Jewish woman they did not know before.

Open letter to Hon. Mrs. Tsacheva Dangovska

President of Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous Mr. Gabriele Nissim wrote to the highest authority of the Bulgarian Parliament to suggest the remembrance not only of the brave deeds of the Bulgarian people who rescued the Jews, but also the responsibilities of King Boris and the Nazi collaborators who caused the deportation of the Jews from Thrace and Macedonia. 

The responsibilities of Bulgaria for the Holocaust

Historian Anthony Georgieff steps in the debate raised by the conference "Facing our past" to tackle a grey area of history that Sofia needs to face: its own role in the fate of the Jews from Thrace and Macedonia. Current narrative is that the Bulgarians would have "administered" the so called new lands, but did not (ethnically) "own" them. 

Was it impossible for Bulgaria to save the Jews?

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. 

A stele that evades history

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. 

Bulgaria and the myth of innocence

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. 


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.

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