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On-Site Commemoration: Light Among Darkness: 80th Anniversary of the Rescue of Bulgarian Jews

May 4, 2023 @ 6:30 pm


During World War II, none of Bulgaria’s approximately 50,000 Jews were deported to Nazi death camps. This incredible feat was possible thanks to Bulgarian politicians, administrators, officers, clergymen, intellectuals, and ordinary citizens who refused to yield to Nazi pressure. The Bulgarian state also facilitated transportation for Jewish refugees from Central and Eastern Europe, and Bulgaria’s embassies and consulates issued around 15,000 transit visas to Jews fleeing other countries.

Learn more about the extraordinary acts by Bulgarians to save their Jewish community during World War II with Professor Michael Bar-Zohar, winner of the Skolov Award for his achievements as a journalist and author of several books, including biographies recounting the rescue of Bulgarian Jews from Nazis in World War II; and Svetoslav Stankov, Consul General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Chicago. Their conversation will reflect upon the significance of the 80th anniversary of the rescue of Bulgarian Jews and how we must continue to resist antisemitism and hatred today.

Reservations required. Free to the public.