Andrey Avramov

Andrey Avramov

Andrey Avramov is a world-known speaker who has been invited to numbers of public and academic forums. His research interests and activities include topics in Holocaust, fighting against anti-Semitism and salvation of Bulgarian Jews in 1943 and more.

Mr. Avramov is the representative of Bulgaria in the European Coalition for Israel in Brussels. He is also the director of the International Victory Bible Institute in Sofia (Branch of Victory Bible Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA). In 2008 he created a website "Remember so it won't happen again". It contains systematic historical information, which is constantly updated and expanded providing the printed, visual, audio and video materials needed for education activities in Bulgaria. Andrey Avramov was invited for several times to speak in the European Parliament about anti-Semitism and salvation of Bulgarian Jews. He has given lectures in conferences in Bulgaria, England, Hungary, Germany and Belgium dedicated to fighting against the anti-Semitism in Europe.

 

Dr. Anders Gerdmar

Dr. Anders Gerdmar

Dr. Anders Gerdmar is Associate Professor in New Testament exegesis at Uppsala University and President at Livets Ord Theological Seminary, Uppsala, Sweden. He received his ThD degree at Uppsala University in 2001 with the thesis: "Rethinking the Judaism-Hellenism Dichotomy. A Historiographical Case Study of Second Peter and Jude," and became Associate Professor in 2009. He is also member of several scholarly societies, including the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and European Association for Jewish Studies. He regularly teaches and lectures in Europe, the USA, Russia, and Ukraine.

Anders Gerdmar is expert of theology and anti-Semitism, from the church fathers to modern times and especially the background to antisemitic theology and the Holocaust in German Protestantism. His main book in this area is "Roots of theological anti-Semitism. German biblical interpretation and the Jews, from Herder and Semler to Kittel and Bultmann. Studies in Jewish history and culture, 20. (Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2009, paperback 2010.)

 

Yordan Velchev

Yordan Velchev

Yordan Velchev is a Bulgarian writer and author of nine books including four poetic books: "Night alphabet" (1984), "Radiance" (1999) - won the award ‘Book of the Year' honored by the Union of the Bulgarian Writers, "Anonymous existence" (1987, 2009) and "Million small killings". The seven book edition "The city between the East and the West 14-17th century" (2005) won the national award "Christo G. Danov" in the field of humanities, the award ‘Book of the Year' of the Union of the Bulgarian Writers, the Plovdiv City award and the Honorable Sign of Plovdiv city. Yordan Velchev's books are translated into several languages: English, German, Hungarian, Portuguese and Russian.

Dr. Lilyana Deyanova

Dr. Lilyana Deyanova

Lilyana Deyanova is a professor in General Historical Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. She is a member of the Institute of Critical Social Research. She conducted lectures in different universities and institutes, such as University of Plovdiv, Institute of Political Sciences in Strasbourg, University of Paris 10, Higher School of Social Sciences in Paris, University of Lion 2, University of Laval in Quebec, Canada and many more. Her publications are in the field of sociology of symbol forms, critical sociology, sociology of social sciences, historical sociology of communism and collective historical memory. She is the author of monographs "Sociology of symbolic forms" and "Outline of Silence, "Historical sociology of collective memory" and the book "Sociology as chance, the spirit of ‘Anali', Bibliography, memories, tales". She is the author of the study "Constructing of the Jew as an enemy" and articles about collective historical memory about "the salvation of Bulgarian Jews" (as for ex. "The postcommunist negationism" В: Emmy Barouh, History and Memory. Bulgaria facing the Holocaust.)

 

Dr. Albena Taneva

Dr. Albena Taneva

Dr. Albena Taneva is teaching Public Administration at the University of Sofia. She received a PhD degree in 2007 with the thesis "Leadership social model. Salvation of the Jewish in Bulgaria with political prospective". She also had researching activities at the University of Maastricht in Nederland and University of Pittsburgh in USA. Apart from her university occupations she is giving many seminars, public lectures and conferences abroad.

During her teaching and research activities, Dr. Taneva is a leading expert in the area of Holocaust and the salvation of the Jewish in Bulgaria. The most remarkable work until now is her habilitation thesis "Leadership and authority. From leadership theory to reconstruction of the historical case: salvation of the Bulgarian Jews" (Sofia University Press, Sofia, 2011).

 

Dr. Valentin Petroussenko

Dr. Valentin Petroussenko

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Valentin Petroussenko is a lecturer in Modern History at the Department of History and Archeology, University of Plovdiv. He graduated from the Faculty of History, University of Sofia and obtained his PhD in Latin-American History at the Academy of Science, Russia. He works on the European education and scientific programs as one of the few experts major in Latin-America History. Since 2001 he has been a "Jean Monnet" lecturer in European studies and academic coordinator of the European documentary center at the University of Plovdiv. He gave lectures in several international prestige forums in Europe and America. He was a guest lecturer at various universities in the two continents (Universitas Istropolitana, Bratislava; Central European University, Budapest; Guadalajara and Colima, Mexico and etc.). He presented papers in a world forum of "International Society for the Study of European Ideas" (ISSEI), at the University of Haifa, Israel. He has initiated organizing the regular visits of lecturers and master students from the Israeli Embassy in Sofia as well as various cultural events representing Israel to the Bulgarian audience. He strongly supports the initiative of the University of Plovdiv for the anniversary of the salvation of Bulgarian Jews.