LETTER OF THE MONTH

LETTER OF THE MONTH

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 13:59

I am very interested in the heroic act of rescuing Bulgaria's Jews from the Holocaust, and as a Bulgarian I am very proud of it.

Living in Bulgaria 1942
© Dr Lillian Ivanchev

I was born on 20 July 1930 in Pleven and I am a contemporary to these events. I had a friend, Edi; we went to school together. In 1943-1944 some interned Jews from Sofia lived in our house.

Living in Bulgaria, 1943

Living in Bulgaria 1943

The pictures I enclose depict various birthday parties and other events in our house and elsewhere. All the pretty boys and girls were top class, they got excellent marks at school and came from very good families. Edi, my schoolmate, is among them. He is easy to recognise as he is rather dark. On one of the pictures I have leaned over his shoulders.

And where were Edi's compatriots in "civilised Europe" at that time? Up the chimneys of Auschwitz.

 

Dr Lillian Ivanchev

Council for Science and Industrial Research

Pretoria, South Africa

Issue 61-62

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