Members of the Bulgarian Jewish community are calling on the government of Bulgaria to reveal the truth over its interaction with the Jews during the Holocaust.
A special address on this issue is planned to take place on March 1, 2011 at 7pm at The Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst, New York, before an audience of community members, activists, scholars and Holocaust survivors.
March 1 was chosen as it is the 70th anniversary of the signing of the pact uniting Bulgaria with Germany as Axis partners. A special report will be released to the public on the same day by Sephardic historian, author and independent scholar, Shelomo Alfassa. Alfassa has documented how during World War II, the Bulgarian government was complicit in the dispossession, torture and murder of thousands of Jews, and has also documented how the Bulgarian government continues to whitewash this fact.
Alfassa has found that while it is frequently retold that the Bulgarian government chose not to deport some 50,000 Jews from Bulgaria to German death camps in Poland, it is not revealed that Bulgaria was also directly complicit in the murder of some 13,000 other Jews from their lands of Bulgarian Thrace and Macedonia. These were mostly Judeo-Spanish speaking Jews of Greek and Ottoman-Turkish descent. LINK HERE