WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

Sun, 06/01/2008 - 14:32

One hundred years ago in this meadow in front of the St Nikolay Letni Church, eight men gathered with their families. They went inside, lit the largest candles and paid the priest to say a prayer for health and good luck.

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© Anthony Georgieff

They needed it - all eight of them were setting out for America, dreaming of working for a few years, saving up money and returning to buy houses and fields in Bulgaria.

God didn't hear their prayers, however. All the eight bought third-class tickets on the Titanic.

The only traces left of them after the shipwreck are their death certificates, which are on display in a local museum, their widows, a memorial in the village graveyard and the dubious fame of their tiny home village. The hamlet in the Balkan Mountains near Troyan lost one third of its male population under the waves of the North Atlantic.

Where in Bulgaria are you?

Issue 21

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