Ray Atherton on the reaction of the non-Jewish Bulgarian population towards antisemitic demonstrations in 1939



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[...] There is no sympathy in Bulgaria for the anti-Jewish demonstrations of this organization ‚Workers of New Bulgaria‘, especially as there is no Jewish problem here, the total number of Jews amounting to less than 55,000. The Jews are not active in political and public life; there are none among the army officers and almost none in civil service. Their sphere of activity is business, industry and small trades, and there are very few Jews in the liberal professions and arts. The anti-Jewish propaganda conducted by the ‚Workers of New Bulgaria‘ is of foreign origin and is, it is believed, directly encouraged from Germany.[...]


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