Screening of the Bulgarian-Israeli documentary film "Next Generation" in Stockholm to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the rescue of Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust12 June 2023 News
On June 7, 2023, a screening of the Bulgarian-Israeli documentary "Next Generation" by directors Niya Aleksandrova and Ayelet Heller and producers Dimitar Gochev and Zafrir Kochanovsky took place at Zita Folkets Bio cinema centre in Stockholm. With the screening, the Bulgarian Embassy in Stockholm joined the international program of events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the rescue of 48 000 Bulgarian Jews and honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, including the 11 343 Jews deported from Northern Greece and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
The event began with an opening speech by Ambassador Ivan Pavlov, who briefly outlined the historical context in Bulgaria on the eve of the Second World War, the factors that shaped the Bulgarian policy on the Jewish question and the consistent efforts of the Bulgarian civil society – representatives of the Bulgarian institutions, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the academic and intellectual elite, as well as ordinary Bulgarian citizens, for the rescue of Bulgarian Jews, regardless of and despite Bulgaria's accession to the Tripartite Pact.
Ambassador Pavlov also presented a summary of the documentary, whose protagonists are the popular Israeli journalist and author Oshrat Kotler and the former Chief of General Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel Gabriel ”Gabi” Ashkenazi – both descendants of Holocaust survivors Bulgarian Jews who discover the truth about their parents' past in Bulgaria.
Among the guests of the event were members of the Swedish Parliament, heads of diplomatic missions in Stockholm, including the ambassador of Israel to Sweden, representatives of the leadership of Jewish organizations in Sweden, including the Chair of the Swedish Association of Holocaust Survivors, prominent figures from the non-governmental sector, including the director general of the “Living History Forum” tasked by promoting democracy, human rights and Holocaust remembrance, representatives of the Swedish-Bulgarian Friendship Association and the Bulgarian community in Sweden, foreign diplomats.