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How the Bulgarian Jews Survived the Holocaust with Joseph BenatovMarch 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

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March 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm


March 12
10:30 am - 11:30 pm


Kaiserman JCC
45 Haverford Rd
Wynnewood, PA 19096 United States
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How the Bulgarian Jews Survived the Holocaust with Joseph Benatov

How the Bulgarian Jews Survived the Holocaust with Joseph Benatov

An Intergenerational Program with Diller Teen Fellows

March 12 | 10:30am
Lunch will be provided

This year marks the 80th anniversary of two interconnected events. In 1943, Bulgaria complied with German demands and deported nearly 11,400 Jews from occupied territories in northern Greece and Yugoslavia (Macedonia). At the same time, Bulgaria successfully resisted German pressures to deport the 50,000 Jews living in Bulgaria. Dr. Benatov will offer an overview of the facts surrounding these historical events and will focus on the conflicting opinions about the role played by King Boris III, church officials, and politicians in the rescue of Bulgaria’s Jewish population. Dr. Benatov will also discuss the international debate over the way in which this historical moment should be interpreted, remembered, and commemorated.

Dr. Joseph Benatov holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Hebrew. He is originally from Bulgaria and a member of Sofia’s Jewish community. Joseph has over 20 years of experience leading travelers across the Balkans, including UNESCO representatives, 92nd Street Y visitors, JDC board members, and Anti-Defamation League officials. He lectures regularly on the history of Jewish life in Bulgaria and on Balkan Sephardic culture. Every summer Joseph leads Jewish heritage tours to the Sephardic Balkans. You can find out more at sephardicbalkans.com.

Event is funded by the Diller Teens Program and generous funding from the Weinberg Family Foundation

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