This is an excerpt from
by Martin Gilbert (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1985)
....."Also lucky were forty-eight thousand Jews of Bulgaria: those
living within the pre-war borders of the state. At first, it seemed
that they too would be deported, as had those from the Bulgarian-
occupied zones of Thrace and Macedonia. Following German insistence,
the Bulgarian government had indeed ordered the deportation of all
Jews from Bulgaria proper, some of whom had already been interned.
But the deportation order led to such an outcry from the Bulgarian
people, including many intellectuals and church leaders, that the
government rescinded the order, and Jews already taken into custody
In the northern part of Bulgaria, farmers had threatened to lie
down on the railway tracks to prevent passage of the deportation
trains. It was also said that the King himself had intervened.
Despite the fact that he was German, of the family of Coburg, he
was known to be opposed to the anti-Semitic measures then in force
in Bulgaria, helpless though he considered himself to be in the face
of German might. The release of the Jews, which took place on March 10,
came to be known in Bulgaria as a 'miracle of the Jewish people'."
More documents on the saving of Bulgarian Jews during WW II are available
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