Fascist Bulgaria is responsible for the death of the Macedonian Jews
Yesterday, Ari, the Ambassador of Israel in Belgrade placed flowers on the monument of the Macedonian Jews in the cemetery in Butel.
On March 11th, 1943, when Macedonia was under the rule of the Bulgarian fascist authorities, 7.200 Jews from Skopje, Bitola, Shtip and other towns in Macedonia were detained in the Monopol building in Skopje, i.e., in the tobacco factory which was turned into temporary camp for two weeks. On 22nd, 25th and 29th March, they were loaded on about 40 freight cars and deported directly to the gas chambers of the concentration camp “Treblinka”. In this group, there were 539 three year old children, 602 three to ten year old children and 1.172 children under 16. The data point out that 2.313 children of the Macedonian Jews died in “Treblinka”.
“Once they were suffocated, their bodies were put on fire. A raw of corpses, a raw of wood until all the corpses were stacked. Time is not a cure for everything and we shall never forget those people”, says Mizrahi, President of the Jewish community in the Republic of Macedonia.
According to historic data, this figure of 7.200 people represented 98 percents of the total number of Jews that were living in Macedonia at that time. This means that the Holocaust was conducted the most successfully in Macedonia.
Recently, the Jewish community in the Republic of Macedonia has asked the Republic of Bulgaria to apologize for the participation in the genocide of the Jewish people. According to historic data, the then fascist authorities in Bulgaria are responsible for the death of 11.000 Jews from Macedonia and Thrace. For these Jews, they received 300 German marks per delivered Jew. On February 22nd, 1943, the Bulgarian Commissar for Jewish issues – Aleksandar Belev and the German Haubsfurer Deneker signed an agreement for deportation of 20.000 Jews, while Bulgaria obligated itself to deport 5.000 Jews from Skopje, 3.000 from Bitola and as much from Gorna Dzumaja and Dupnitsa, 4.000 Jews from Radomir and 2.000 from Pirot. The Bulgarian authorities provided “a one way ticket” for 12.000 Jews in the occupied east territories and 8.000 Jews from Bulgaria.
Yesterday, at the memorial of the Jews in Skopje, at the town cemetery “Butel”, sixty years since the deportation of 7.200 Macedonian Jews to the concentration camp “Treblinka” were marked. Fresh flowers were placed by the American ambassador Laurence Butler, the Israeli ambassador in Belgrade – Jaffa Ben –Ari, representatives of the German embassy in Macedonia and delegations of the Jewish communities from Macedonia, Israel, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and the USA.
Sofia is washing its hands with issuance of a postage stamp
Official Sofia continues with the already proven recipe for falsification of history.
The Bulgarian Post Services issued a new postage stamp on the occasion of 60th anniversary since the saving of 50.000 Bulgarian Jews from the Nazi during the Second World War. The Vice-president of the then Bulgarian Parliament – Dimitar Peshev (on the right part of the stamp) revealed the secret agreement on the deportation of the Jews wherefore the order was immediately cancelled. Reportedly, with his assistance and with the protests of the heads of the Orthodox church among which exarch Stephan the First (to the left), Bulgaria saved 50.000 Jews from deportation.
*Source: “Vest”, March 12th, 2003