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Apr 23

Beyond Hitler's Grasp: Remembering Bulgaria's Refusal to Send Its Jewish Population to Nazi Death Camps

The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Bulgarian Government's refusal to expel its Jewish population to Nazi death camps -- all the more remarkable since Bulgaria was a World War II ally of Germany. But despite pressure from the highest circles of Nazi officialdom and the intrigues of their local acolytes, Bulgaria was the only continental European country in which there were more Jews at the end of the war than at its beginning.

The Heritage Foundation will memorialize this remarkable event by showing the film, "Beyond Hitler's Grasp." It will be introduced by Bulgaria's Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Elena Poptodorova, assisted by Princess Maria Luisa, the daughter of King Boris, Bulgaria's reigning monarch or the time, and by Mr. Arthur Berger of the Holocaust Memorial Museum. A reception will follow the showing of the film.

More About the Speakers

Elena Poptodorova
Bulgarian Ambassador
Princess Maria Luisa
Arthur Berger
Holocaust Memorial Museum

And the documentary film, Beyond Hitler's Grasp