Picture: archive of MFA, Warsaw, March 11th 2013

The concert is part of the cultural events organized to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews during World War II.

On May, 9th 2013 from 6.30 p.m. we would like to invite you in Canetti House (Slavyanska Str. 12) to the concert of the Yulangelo vocal ensemble for the Europe Day and in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews during World War II. The concert is organized by the International Elias Canetti Society.

Especially for this anniversary the musicians from the Yulangelo vocal ensemble have prepared a concert program with selected Jewish and Orthodox chants, which will be presented for the first time in front of Bulgarian audience in Ruse. As part of the international campaign to commemorate the anniversary of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews, organized by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the program was presented in Warsaw on March, 11th 2013. On May, 8th 2013 from 7.00 p.m. they will have a concert in Odeon theater in Bucharest and later – in Rome. The Bulgarian embassies in Warsaw, Prague and Bucharest never ceased to issue transit visa during the Second World War, which is the reason for this commemorative concert.

Also in the context of this anniversary on July, 25th 2013 – the date of birth of Elias Canetti – the International Elias Canetti Society will organize a conference dedicated to the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews, which is closely connected with the concurrent exhibition of the Archive State Agency and the Synagogue in the Historical Museum Ruse.

Free entrance.

The mass extermination of 50 000 innocent men, women and children during the most violent persecution of all time against the Jews – the Holocaust – has been prevented by the Bulgarian society, thanks to the 43 members of the Bulgarian Parliament who in 1943 headed by the Deputy Chairman Dimiter Peshev and 21 leading intellectuals appealled to cancel the decision for the deportation of the Bulgarian Jews and also thanks to the final decision of King Boris III (on March, 9th 1943). The decision of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for the salvation of the Jewish community in its diocese, as well as the adoption and implementation of laws against the discrimination of Jews have a leading role in their rescue.

You can find more information on this topic on the web site of the Archive State Agency www.archives.government.bg