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    Hey Aiz

    Have you ever heard this before? I got this forwarded to me in an email. This is the first I've ever heard of it.

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    > A great story;
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    >>>Subject: Bulgaria
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> >
    >>> > "Bulgarian Miracle"
    >>> >
    >>> > A great many Jews know the story of how the Danes rescued 8,000 Jews
    >>> > from the Nazi's by smuggling them to Sweden in fishing boats.
    >>> > Very few Jews, including me, until yesterday, know the story of how
    >>> > all 50,000 Bulgarian Jews were saved. Not a single
    >>> > Bulgarian Jew was deported to the death camps, due to the heroism of
    >>> > many Bulgarians of every walk of life, up to and including the King
    >>> > and
    >>> > the Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
    >>> >
    >>> > In 1999, Abraham Foxman, the National Director of the Anti Defamation
    >>> > League flew with a delegation to Sophia to meet the Bulgarian Prime
    >>> > Minister. He gave the Prime Minister the first Bulgarian language
    >>> > copy of a remarkable book, "Beyond Hitler's Grasp," written in 1998,
    >>> > by
    >>> > Michael Bar Zohar, a professor at Emory University. (A Bulgarian Jew
    >>> > who had migrated to Israel and then to the USA).
    >>> >
    >>> > This book documents the rescue effort in detail.
    >>> > The ADL paid for and shipped 30,000 copies to Bulgaria, so that the
    >>> > population could partake in the joy of learning about this heroic
    >>> > facet
    >>> > of their history.
    >>> >
    >>> > This story is clearly the last great secret of the
    >>> > Holocaust era. The story was buried by the Bulgarian Communists, until
    >>> > their downfall in 1991. All records were sealed, since they didn't
    >>> > wish to glorify the King, or the Church, or the non Communist
    >>> > parliamentarians, who at great personal risk stood up to the Germans.
    >>> > And the Bulgarian Jewish Community, 45,000 of whom went to Israel
    >>> > after
    >>> > the War, were busy building new lives, and somehow the story remained
    >>> > untold.
    >>> >
    >>> > Bulgaria is a small country and at the outset of the
    >>> > War they had 8 million people. They aligned themselves with the
    >>> > Nazi's in hopes of recapturing Macedonia from Yugoslavia and Thrace
    >>> > from Greece. Both provinces were stripped from them, after W.W.I.
    >>> >
    >>> >
    >>> > In late 1942 the Jews of Selonica were shipped north through
    >>> > Bulgaria, on the way to the death camps, in sealed box cars. The news
    >>> > of this inhumanity was a hot topic of conversation. Then, at the
    >>> > beginning of 1943, the pro Nazi Bulgarian government was informed that
    >>> > all 50,000 Bulgarian Jews would be deported in March. The Jews had
    >>> > been made to wear yellow stars and were highly visible.
    >>> >
    >>> > As the date for the deportation got closer, the
    >>> > agitation got greater. Forty-three ruling party members of Parliament
    >>> > walked out in protest. Newspapers denounced what was about to
    >>> > happen. In addition, the Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church,
    >>> > Archbishop Kirili, threatened to lie down on the railroad tracks.
    >>> > Finally, King Boris III forbid the deportation.
    >>> >
    >>> >
    >>> > Since Bulgaria was an ally of Germany, and the Germans were
    >>> > stretched militarily, they had to wrestle with the problem of how much
    >>> > pressure they could afford to apply. They decided to pass.
    >>> >
    >>> > Several points are noteworthy. The Bulgarian Jews
    >>> > were relatively unreligious and did not stand apart from the local
    >>> > populace by virtue of garb, or rites. They were relatively poor by
    >>> > comparison to Jews in other countries, and they lived in integrated
    >>> > neighborhoods.
    >>> >
    >>> > Additionally, the Bulgarians had many minorities,
    >>> > Armenians, Turks, Greeks, and Gypsies, in addition to Jews. There was
    >>> > no concept of racism in that culture. The bottom line here is that
    >>> > Bulgarians saw Bulgarian-Jews as Bulgarians, and not as Jews.
    >>> >
    >>> >
    >>> > And, being a small country, like Denmark, where there was a
    >>> > closeness of community, that is often missing in larger countries. So,
    >>> > here was a bright spot that we can point to as example of what should
    >>> > have been. The most famous of those saved was a young graduate of the
    >>> > Bulgarian Military Academy. When he arrived in Israel, he changed his
    >>> > name to Moshe Dayan.
    >>> >
    >>> >
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    Nevermind, I think this is a myth. I believe Dayan was already in Israel during WWII. I thought I heard he lost his eye fighting the vichy french in Lebanon.

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    I'll get back to you on this later today

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