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Macedonian Jews in the “Yad Vashem” Museum (in Jerusalem) are recorded as Bulgarian Jews

By Slave Nikolovski-Katin

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Translated and edited by Risto Stefov

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June 5, 2011

In the course of World War II, the Bulgarian Fascists collected over 7,200 Jews in Macedonia and surrendered them to the Germans at the Nazi Concentration Camps in Treblinka. This was indeed a sad time for Macedonia. Sadder and stranger however is the fact that in “Yad Vashem”, the largest Jewish Museum in Jerusalem, these Jews are recorded as “Bulgarian Jews”.

Like the Macedonians, the Jews possessed century old ideals and for many decades strove to have their holy land, a dream which came true in 1948.

For generations the desire of forming a Jewish state was smouldering in the minds of many Jewish people. So when the time came there was great support from a large number of Jews around the world who were, for the love of their people, country, humanity and future fatherland, more than willing to become sponsors of such a project.

As historic records show, from the moment the first residents of Israel arrived, they were sponsored by rich Diaspora Jews. The fruition of Israel as a state, right after World War II, spurred many Diaspora Jews to financially assist the newly formed country with more and more donations with each passing day. This is one major reason why Israel today is a successful country with many institutions, and all this is attributed to the love and pride of its people who persistently help in every way they can.

Between 1948 and today, Diaspora Jews, particularly those in the United Sates and Canada, have formed a large number of funds allowing Jews, through their own means, to make donations and other forms of financial assistance to Israel.

Through the giving of generous donations, gifts and other forms of financial aid over the years, the Jews have essentially created a bright future for Israel and for its people. The persistent giving, because of love and devotion for country and people, has become a tradition creating lasting ties between Diaspora and Israeli Jews. This is similar, but to a lesser extent, what Diaspora Macedonians like Atanas Bliznakov and Petre Stamatov from the United States have done for the University of Sv. Kiril and Metodi in Skopje. Macedonians, however, have a long way to go to match the Jewish traditions of giving.

The Jewish funds worldwide, which today help Israel are many and have become invaluable in the development of Israel’s economic, political, cultural, educational, technical, technological and other fields. Thanks to these funds the “Yad Vashem” Museum, which translates to “Memorial and Name”, is an active, functioning, invaluable institution.

Located near the entrance to Jerusalem, on the road from Tel Aviv near a steep hill in close proximity to the cemetery, the “Yad Vashem” Museum is a mute witness to history which is always expanding and growing; a place where visitors can experience the sad pages of Jewish history. This is a place visited by thousands of young and old, soldiers and foreigners alike where thousands of generations come to learn and be part of the Jewish spirit and remember to never forget the horrors of the holocaust.

The idea for creating the “Yad Vashem” Museum dates back to the Second World War when Nazi Germany began to gather Jews en masse. The plan for building the museum was initiated in September 1942, with the formation of the Council of the Jewish National Fund, founded by Mordecai Shenhavi, member of the Kibbutz Mishmar Emek. Before the museum was built there were many consultations with a number of Jewish organizations and individuals both in Israel and in the Diaspora. Then in February 1946, a “Yad Vashem” office was opened in Jerusalem and a branch in Tel Aviv, with aims of expanding its activities.

With the establishment of Israel in May 1948, it was proposed that “Yad Vashem” become a state institution, whose purpose would be to register the casualties of the holocaust. In 1953 the Israeli (Knersset) Assembly passed a law charging “Yad Vashem” with that responsibility. In August of the same year the law was put into effect and the Museum began its work. Its main mission was to complete the commemoration and documentation of events; selection, research and publication of all holocaust evidence. After that the Museum was charged with the task of registering all the names of the dead. Later one of its tasks included the education of the next generations about the holocaust.

This contemporary institution of Israel is one of the most equipped institutions in the world. The “Yad Vashem” Museum is divided into ten functional parts included in which are: The Inferno of Names, the International School for Holocaust Studies, the library and the special museum section.

“Yad Vashem” is a place that every Jew either from Israel or from the Diaspora must visit. It is a great place for non-Jews to learn about the fate of the Jews, their Promised Land, their destiny and their future.

Sadly the Macedonian Jews, deported by the Fascist Governments of Bulgaria, have been recorded as “Bulgarian Jews” in the “Yad Vashem” Museum, a historical error, an injustice that has lasted for over half a century.

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