Jerusalem: Former President Plevneliev Accepts Friends of Zion Award

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Rosen Plevneliev, Bulgaria’s former President, was awarded the Friends of Zion Award at the Conference of Presidents in Jerusalem. The award was given to him “as a representative of the Bulgarian people and as a great friend of Israel”, the founder of the Friends of Zion Museum, Dr. Mike Evans, said. The museum sponsored the award.

Plevneliev accepted the award for the Bulgarian people whose courage saved 48,000 Bulgarian Jews when Nazi Germany insisted on their deportation to Auschwitz and other concentration camps during World War II.

Recently, when he was still in office, Plevneliev, along with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin, had inaugurated a monument in Israel, in order to commemorate the protection of the Bulgarian Jews. Rivlin and his predecessor, the late Shimon Peres, have thanked Bulgaria for its heroism.

The salvation of the Bulgarian Jews has also led to a second nomination of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for the Nobel Peace Prize last month, for its role in saving them.

Twenty non-Jewish Bulgarians, who also fought for the salvation of Bulgarian Jews in Kyustendil and elsewhere, were recognized by Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, as Righteous among the Nations.

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