Celebration of Bulgaria's Liberation and of the Rescue of Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust09 March 2011 News
On March 9, 2011, the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the State of Israel hosted a reception on the occasion of the country's National Day, the Anniversary of the conclusion of the preliminary peace treaty (March 3, 1878) which ended the 1877-1878 Russo-Turkish War eventually leading to the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire.
On the same occasion the Ambassador of Bulgaria, H.E. Yuri Sterk, inaugurated at the Enav Cultural Center in Tel Aviv an exhibition under the logo “The power of the Bulgarian civil society: the fate of the Jews in Bulgaria”. The exhibition is presented for the first time in Israel, courtesy of the Bulgarian Institute for Culture, in the context of Holocaust Remembrance, after having been already displayed in New York and in a number of European capitals. March 9, 1943 was the day on which active civil and political actions and demonstrations started in Bulgaria in opposition to the Nazi intentions to compell the Bulgarian government to implement the "Final Solution" plans in the territory of the country.
The exhibition’s 21 posters feature the history in the period of 1940 - 1944 presenting the anti-Jewish policy of the Third Reich, the attitude to it of different international actors and of the Bulgarian government at that time, with a special focus on how different layers of the Bulgarian society and Bulgarian people as a whole reacted to the plans for deportation to the death camps of the Jewish community in Bulgaria.
The exhibition will stay at Enav Center until the 19th of March and will be open to the public (no entrance fee).