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Reflections on Shared History: How Bulgaria Saved its Jews from the Holocaust

Bulgarian Center of New England

Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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Reflections on Shared History: How Bulgaria Saved its Jews from the Holocaust

Featuring
Dr. Michael Bar-Zohar
An Israeli Scholar, Renowned Author and Journalist


The Bulgarian Center of New England and the Honorory Consul General of Bulgaria to Massachusetts invite you to a program commemorating the 70th anniversary of the rescue of the entire Jewish population in Bulgaria from the Nazi Holocaust during WWII.

Allied with Nazi Germany, the Bulgarian government had put in place a plan to deport all Jews in the territories under its control to the Nazi death camps. In 1943 the Bulgarian government assisted Germany in deporting thousands of Jews from Thrace and Macedonia. But then, a series of unique events unfolded that prevented the deportation of all 48,000 Jews living within the borders of Bulgaria. Join us to learn more about these little known events and how ordinary citizens and community leaders rose to protect their Jewish neighbors and friends

Michael Bar-Zohar

The keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Bar-Zohar, is an award-winning historian, journalist, and novelist. He was born in Bulgaria and as a child witnessed the events that took place in 1943. He grew up in Israel and became a scholar publishing the most authoritative work on the topic, Beyond Hitler’s Grasp (Adams, Newton, Mass, 1998), which was made into a documentary with the same name (2000). Dr. Bar Zohar is the official biographer of David Ben Gurion and Shimon Peres, having also written novels about the Mossad and the Munich Olympics.

Bar Zohar was an advisor to Moshe Dayan and served as a paratrooper in the Yom Kippur War in Egypt in 1973 and in Lebanon in 1982. In the 80s and early 90s he was a member of the Israeli Knesset.

Dr. Bar-Zohar has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Paris and has held academic positions at the University of Haifa and at Emory University in Atlanta.

The program will also include short introductory remarks from the sponsoring entities, folk dance performances by Bulgarian dance ensemble LudoMlado and B’yachad, Brandeis’ Israeli dance troupe, as well as light refreshments.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by Oct 1st, 2013.


Supporting organizations:
 Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, Washington, D.C.
                                      Consulate General of Israel to New England
                                      AJC Boston

Have questions about Reflections on Shared History: How Bulgaria Saved its Jews from the Holocaust? Contact Bulgarian Center of New England

When & Where


Andover Newton Theological School, Noyes Hall
215 Herrick Road
Newton Center, MA 02459

Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)


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Organizer

Bulgarian Center of New England

The Bulgarian Center of New England (BCNE) is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to serve as a focal point of the Bulgarian community in New England and attract people from different backgrounds who have interest in the Bulgarian culture, art, history, and traditions. The Center is to be located in the Greater Boston area and will host the Bulgarian Church “St. Petka,” the Bulgarian School “Sts. Cyril and Methodius,” events organized by the Bulgarian-American Cultural Center “Madara”, and initiatives sponsored by other groups and organizations.

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