Hero or villain? The role of King Boris is controversial
A Greek-Jewish umbrella group has requested that the United Nations note Bulgaria's role in slaughtering Greek Jews while also commemorating the country's rescue of its own Bulgarian Jews during World War 2.
"Bulgarians saved their country’s Jews in exchange for the Jews of the other territories under their control," said a letter sent on January 26 from the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece to the U.N. Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organisations. "In the name of the historical memory of our brothers, victims of the Bulgarian atrocities in our country during the Holocaust, we ask you to include this small and 'untold' part of history in your briefing."
Bulgarian occupiers of northeastern Greece handed over about 4000 Greek Jews to the Nazis for extermination.
The Bulgarian government of the time, under the leadership of King Boris, did not send any of its Jewish population to the death camps.
The Sofia Echo has covered Bulgaria's role in the Holocaust, both the good and the bad, in this interview with Professor Ed Gaffney who made a marvellous film on the subject