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The Power of Civil Society During the Holocaust: The Bulgarian Story

  Friday, May 13, 2016 - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

  10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka, MN 55305  |  Minnetonka, United States


A series of posters entitled “The Power of Civil Society During the Holocaust: The Bulgarian Story” is on display in the Kitsis Foyer at Adath Jeshurun from May 13 to June 28.  This exhibit tells the little-known story about the resistance of Bulgarian society to Nazi efforts to deport their Jewish population.


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The exhibition is possible due to the efforts of four institutions - Consulate General of Republic of Bulgaria in Chicago, Bulgarian Jewish Heritage Alliance of America based in California, and in the Twin Cities - Adath Jeshurun Congregation and Balkanicus Institute for Balkan Art, Culture and History

Monday-Friday 9am to 6 pm

Sunday 9:30 to 12 noon

Adath Jeshurun Congregation

10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka, MN 55305

(952) 545-2424

This exhibition chronicles the resistance by the citizens of Bulgaria, the brave refusal of society to obey the authorities' plans to send Bulgarian Jews to Nazi concentration camps. It is a message about the power of the free spirit. The exhibition traces the specifics of the Bulgarian case, the determination of Bulgarian civil society to stop a repressive policy.

The rescue of the Bulgarian Jews was neither a coincidence nor the result of a coincidence. It showed that it was possible to stop the Holocaust. Even when there was an alliance with Nazi Germany, in the presence of anti-Semitic legislation the Defense of the Nation Act, when there was a pro-Nazi government.

The rescue of Bulgarian Jews is an outstanding historical example that shows that through personal and political courage, civic conscience and determination can counteract the most obscurantist policy. A readiness to help and pity are a powerful weapon in the hands of citizens. Human rights and the guaranteeing of human rights are indispensable for peace and progress and must not be compromised by any policy.

The exhibition has been shown more than 30 times on three continents and for the first time it has come to Minnesota.


10500 Hillside Ln W, Minnetonka
MN 55305, United States




All Dates

  • From Friday, May 13, 2016 to Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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