Remembering Wartime Deportation Of Macedonian Jews
On March 11, 1943, almost the entire Jewish community of Macedonia was deported to the Treblinka Nazi death camp in Poland. The deportation was arranged and conducted by occupying Bulgarian troops and police, acting under the authority of their Nazi German allies. The event is a controversial chapter in history for Bulgarians, many of whom take pride in the country's refusal to deport its own Jews to concentration camps. On the 70th anniversary of the Macedonian deportation, RFE/RL's Balkan Service spoke with Rahamin Mizrahi, the vice president of the Macedonian Jewish Community, about the wartime events.