Despite the expectations, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov did not apologize on behalf of the Bulgarian state for the deportation of 11,343 Jews from Macedonia and Aegean Thrace in 1943.
Borissov was on a visit to Macedonia today (12 March). Some days ago, it was reported that Borissov would make such an apology in Skopje on the occasion of a ceremony on the occasion of the 75th anniversary since the tragic events, and in particular the deportation of 7,144 Jews from Macedonia.
Despite being an ally to Hitler’s Germany, Bulgaria saved its Jews from the Holocaust, but failed to do so on territories under Bulgarian occupation. Historians, however, still argue to what extent the Bulgarian state at that time state has been able to do something to save these people. On this occasion, one of the parties in the United Patriots coalition, junior partner of Borissov’s cabinet, asked the Prime Minister not to apologize. The party in question is NFSB of Deputy Prime Minister Valery Simeonov. He has lately been at the heart of many scandals.
Today in Skopje, Borisov began his speech, highlighting the fact that the Bulgarian people saved their 48,000 Jews.
“Today is a sunny and nice time, we are friends if we try to imagine the Nazis who were here, what inhuman things they have done with living human beings.” On Saturday, in one of the largest synagogues in Europe, the beautiful one in Sofia had a celebration attended by Jewish committees around the world, very dear guests”, said Borissov.
In his typical unordered style, he said:
“Today is a sunny and nice wheather; we are friends, if we try to imagine the Nazis who were here, what inhuman things they have done with living human beings. On Saturday, in one of the largest synagogues in Europe, and certainly the most beautiful one in Sofia, a celebration was held attended by Jewish committees around the world, very dear guests”, said Borissov.
According to him, this event was a “deep bow” before the Bulgarian people, “who in these most brutal times managed to save 48,000 Jews”.
“That is why the Bulgarian people deserve great respect. We are very grieved, and that is why we are here, because everyone who is sent to burn in the camps should not be forgotten … Only 20 years ago there were no less cruel bloody events on the territory of the Balkans. This is why the point, besides expressing our bow and grief to the dead, is to understand that in the Balkans we need to build, to work together, to move on to a better structure, and if you will, our people live to happily and all this to remain in history”, said Borissov.
In his speech, he reminded that Heinrich Himmler and the German ambassador to Sofia, Adolf Beckerle, were responsible for the deportation.
In Facebook, Borissov wrote:
“I bowed to the memory of the Jews deported from the territory of the Republic of Macedonia 75 years ago. We must not forget this part of the story and we should not commit such mistakes. We deeply mourn for every human life and no one sent to the death camps should be forgotten.”