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Friday, February 13 • 8:45pm - 10:00pm
How 50,000 Bulgarian Jews Survived the Holocaust

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In 1943, Bulgaria deported nearly 11,400 Jews from occupied territories in northern Greece and Yugoslavia. At the same time, Bulgaria successfully resisted German pressures to deport the 50,000 Jews living in Bulgaria. This session will feature an overview of these historical events and will focus on the debates about the role played by King Boris III, church officials, and politicians. We will also discuss ways in which these events should be interpreted and commemorated.


Joseph Benatov

Joseph Benatov holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Hebrew. He has translated fiction, poetry, and drama, including several plays which were staged to wide acclaim in Bulgaria. Benatov lectures regularly on the history of Jewish life in the Balkans and the fate of Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust. His article on the topic appears in the anthology Bringing the Dark Past to Light. Every... Read More →

Friday February 13, 2015 8:45pm - 10:00pm
High Ridge

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