POSITION OF THE ORGANISATION OF JEWS IN BULGARIA "SHALOM" ON THE FATE OF THE JEWS UNDER BULGARIAN GOVERNMENT
Today, Feb 14th, 2013, the chairman of the Organisation of the Jews in Bulgaria "Shalom", Maxim Benvenisti, officially announced the organisation's position on the matter of the fate of the Jews being under Bulgarian government during the years of Holocaust in Europe.
Our position is as follows:
- During the years of the WW2 Bulgarian Jews were saved from deportation to the Nazi death camps. This salvation came as a result of the actions of the majority of the Bulgarian people, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Bulgarian anti-fascist public figures. Jews will always be grateful for this act of the Bulgarians.
- Deportation of the Jews of Thrace on the White Sea, Vardar Macedonia, and the town of Pirot during the time of the WW2 is a historical fact, which cannot be denied. We, the Jews in Bulgaria, mourn for the innocent victims, we honor them, and we will continue to honor their memory. German authorities bear the fault for the deportation of the Jews from the listed territories, together with Nazi government of Bulgaria, in combination with the lack of opposition from the local population. The Bulgarian government, in a time and place it considers right, must take the moral responsibility for the actions of the pro-Nazi governing towards the Jews in the period 1941-1943.
- Historical facts for the fate of the Jews during the WW2 in Bulgaria and in the territories under the administration of the Bulgarian pro-Nazi government, cannot be used as a reason for anti-Bulgarian propaganda not only today, but also in future.
This position has been accepted by the highest ruling organ of the OJB "Shalom" – at the organization's Conference for reports and elections on December 4th 2011 and has been confirmed also by the Executive bureau of the OJB" Shalom" on January 31-rst 2013.
For further information:
Pepa Ilieva, PR of the OJB "Shalom"
phone: 088 26 88 41