ATHENS — A Greek-Jewish umbrella group asked a UN body to clarify Bulgaria’s role in the genocide of Greek Jews when the UN commemorated Bulgaria’s rescue of its Jews as part of International Day of Commemoration of victims of the Holocaust on Jan. 27.
“Bulgarians saved their country’s Jews in exchange for the Jews of the other territories under their control,” said a letter sent Jan. 26 from the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece to the UN Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations. “In the name of the historical memory of our brothers, victims of the Bulgarian atrocities in our country during the Holocaust, we ask you to include this small and ‘untold’ part of history in your briefing.”
The Greek-Jewish group was writing a day ahead of the UN International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, which included focusing “on the little-known role of the Bulgarian people in saving Bulgarian Jews during this tragic time in our history.”
Bulgarian occupiers of northeastern Greece handed over some 4,000 Greek Jews to the Nazis for extermination.
The Bulgarian government of the time, which collaborated with the Nazis, took steps to protect its own Jewish minority.