Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns

Author: Stephane Groueff

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781568331140

Category: History

Page: 438

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A fascinating biography of Bulgaria's tragic monarch, Boris III, based on private correspondence and extensive interviews with members of the Bulgarian royal family. The son of King Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Boris became king after the first World War. Noted for defying Hitler wishes for Bulgaria's Jews, the popular king died mysteriously in 1943 after a stormy meeting with Hitler.

A Unique Destiny

A Unique Destiny

Author: Simeon II of Bulgaria

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780811769730

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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During World War II, most of Europe’s last monarchies collapsed. Under Tsar Boris III, Bulgaria had been a reluctant ally of Hitler’s Germany, refusing to send troops to fight the Soviets and resisting the Holocaust. But after Boris died in 1943, the Red Army entered the country, and communists executed much of the royal family and sent the boy-tsar, Simeon II, into exile, first to Turkey and Egypt, then to Spain. In 2001, Simeon was elected prime minister of Bulgaria in a landslide that swept out the country’s two major parties. The crown jewel of his time in power was bringing Bulgaria into NATO. He peacefully left power in 2005. In the first English translation of this colorful memoir, Simeon—the world’s last tsar and one of two living heads of state from World War II (with the Dalai Lama)—recounts with honesty and humor an eventful life from Bulgaria to Spain and the United States, and back to Bulgaria, and into the world. His life’s story includes crossing paths with Queen Elizabeth II of England, the Shah of Iran, General Franco of Spain, Hassan II of Morocco, and many other royalty, as well as helping to integrate Bulgaria into a new democratic global system.

King's Ransom

King's Ransom

Author: Jan Beazely

Publisher: WaterBrook

ISBN: 9780307551856

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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The Faith to Face Tyranny Faith to Face the Third Reich Two Stories of Undaunted Courage Set during the darkest days of World War II, King’s Ransom tells the heroic story of Tsar Boris III, King of Bulgaria, and his extraordinary efforts to save his country’s Jewish population from Hitler’s concentration camps. Aware of the price he might pay for his risks, Boris faced the Third Reich with courage and resolve, firm in his Christian convictions that would not permit him to abandon nearly 50,000 Jews. Boris, along with members of the Orthodox Church, Jewish religious leaders, and others, ultimately ensured that no Bulgarian Jews lost their lives to Hitler’s regime. Based on a True Story Historically accurate, Boris’s quest to save Bulgaria’s Jews is interwoven with the love story of Daria, the Jewish attendant to the Bulgarian royal family, and Dobri, a sergeant in the king’s guard. With courageous characters and passionate storytelling, King’s Ransom reveals how individuals acting on faith can change the course of history.

Wily Fox

Wily Fox

Author: Carl L. Steinhouse

Publisher:

ISBN: 1438922833

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

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Imps are born and not made. Being an imp these days is a far more difficult thing than in the time prior to WWII. Those earlier pre-war days are reported in this book. Today's imps require medical advise, appropriate dampening pills, and an entirely different form of discipline, perhaps even psychiatric treatment. Nothing seems so unwanted in modern times as a full-fledged imp of any age. Being an imp in a small western railroad town ( Sparks, Nevada) in the twenties and thirties of the previous century offered a wide range of puckish opportunities and freedoms. Somehow it was expected that the young were to be adventurous and create various minor problems which the adult world of the time seemed able to take in stride. The one thing we didn't do, in my day, was report on our adventures' to our parents. It was our sincere belief that the less they knew about the risks we took, the more serene their existence, and also ours. Of course, with the small-town gossip network operating at full-bore, our parents knew much more than we thought they did. The inherent blessing was that, in most cases, they shrugged their shoulders, credited our activities to youth and only interfered when serious injury or mayhem might result. We owe them a great debt - - allowing us to learn from our own experiences.

The History of Bulgaria

The History of Bulgaria

Author: Frederick B. Chary

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313384462

Category: History

Page: 210

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This comprehensive overview of the history of Bulgaria covers events in this important Balkan nation from its 9th-century origins in the first Bulgarian Empire through the present day. * Provides a detailed chronology of major events from medieval times to the present * Includes a bibliographical essay of major reference works in English * Supplies an extensive glossary of Bulgarian words and other related terms such as cheta, Bogomil, and April Plenum * Contains a list of notable persons in Bulgarian history such as Khan Asparuch, Aleksandur Stamboliiski, and King Boris III

Holocaust Averted - Bulgarian Jews in World War II

Holocaust Averted - Bulgarian Jews in World War II

Author: Miroslav Marinov Ph D

Publisher:

ISBN: 0995006563

Category:

Page: 426

View: 99

During World War II, most of the European Jews perished by bullets, starvation and in concentration camps. The Jews in Bulgaria avoided that fate, despite Hitler's repeated attempts to impose his "final solution" on the country. Until recently, not enough was known about those events and as the knowledge expanded, so did the arguments about what exactly happened, as it is the case with almost every historical event in the Balkans. Many individuals and groups contributed to the survival of the 50,000 Bulgarian Jews and it is difficult to pinpoint who played the crucial role. Was it King Boris III, the Parliament, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Jewish Consistory, the Communist Party or the ordinary people? Unlike Germany, where people generally were indifferent to the fate of the Jews, many Bulgarians, with different social status and political convictions, resisted the looming catastrophe. The book "Holocaust Averted - Bulgarian Jews in World War II" is the result of years of research, based on over one thousand books, articles, memoirs, letters and other archival materials. Reflecting the fact that Bulgaria is little known throughout the world, the book provides a concise introduction to the Bulgarian history, with special emphasis on the long and volatile cohabitation of Bulgarians and Jews, during which they often faced the same challenges. The main chapters of the book analyze the factors that averted the Holocaust in Bulgaria and especially the specific roles played by countries, organizations and individuals in those highly dramatic events. To place the World War II events in Bulgaria in a wider historical context, they are compared with the experiences of other European countries, where things developed differently. The book also covers the controversial issue about the deportation of over 11,000 Jews from the territories occupied by German and Bulgarian troops in Macedonia and Aegean Thrace. The conclusion is that history is complicated, the mechanical application of simplistic moral judgments to the war time in Bulgaria fails to explain the complexity of the behavior of all participants involved in the events. Illustrated with photographs and maps.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Author: R.J. Crampton

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198205142

Category: History

Page: 530

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The evolution of Bulgaria is a fascinating journey from a backward and troubled Balkan state to a modern European nation. Richard Crampton's unique study traces the development of the Bulgarian people and their state, from the beginning of a national revival in the middle of the nineteenth century to imminent entry into the European Union. This ground-breaking book from the leading expert on Bulgaria examines its problematic position between east and west, and questions how much becoming part of the EU will solve its dilemmas.

Five Essays on Bulgarian Museums and Communism

Five Essays on Bulgarian Museums and Communism

Author: Gabriela Petkova-Campbell

Publisher: Editions L'Harmattan

ISBN: 9782343067858

Category: Bulgaria

Page: 156

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The fall of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe marked the beginning of the so-called transition period, which was smoother for some countries and troubled for others. In all cases, however, it was a period of revision and establishment of new social, political and environmental values, challenging and difficult to accept for the generation that lived for 45 years under those regimes. A period of complete denial of 45 years of existence was followed by nostalgia and finally by the acceptance that, whether we like it or not, communism forms part of our history and part of us all and cannot be just wiped without traces. This book explores a three-way relationship : between Bulgarian museums, communism in its Bulgarian variation and Bulgarian society. It looks at how the regime influenced the development of the museum system but most importantly it looks at how communist museums influenced the audiences. The development and changes in the perception of museum visitors, their understanding and reactions are explored through their relationship with museums. The link between the past, the present and the future of both museums and society is established by examining visitors' approach towards museums and the way history was and is represented in them.

DK Eyewitness Bulgaria

DK Eyewitness Bulgaria

Author: DK Eyewitness

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 9780241443750

Category: Travel

Page: 284

View: 417

The ideal travel companion, full of insider advice on what to see and do, plus detailed itineraries and comprehensive maps for exploring this captivating country Admire the stunning frescoes of Rila Monastery, explore eclectic architecture in historic Sofia, take in the mountain scenery of the Iskûr Gorge or visit the buzzing resort town of Varna: everything you need to know is clearly laid out within colour-coded chapters. Discover the best of Bulgaria with this indispensable travel e-guide. Inside DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Bulgaria: - Over 25 colour maps, help you navigate with ease - Simple layout makes it easy to find the information you need - Comprehensive tours and itineraries of Bulgaria, designed for every interest and budget - Illustrations and floorplans show the Rila Monastery, Aleksandür Nevski Memorial Church, Bachkovo Monastery and more - Colour photographs of Bulgaria's architecture, spectacular monasteries, historic castles, vibrant coastline, mountain ranges, traditional folk costumes, Roman fortresses, charming villages and more - Experience Bulgaria: learn about this country's complex history, folk heritage, religion, rich architecture, dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, festivals and traditions, winemaking heritage, ski resorts and more - Detailed chapters, with area maps, cover Sofia; Southern Bulgaria including Bansko, Pirin National Park and Plovdiv; Northern Bulgaria including Chiprovtsi, Pleven and Ruse; Central Bulgaria including Veliko Tûrnovo and the Valley of the Roses; and the Black Sea Coast - Essential travel tips: our expert choices of where to stay, eat, shop and sightsee, plus useful phrases, and visa and health information DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Bulgaria is a detailed, easy-to-use e-guide designed to help you get the most from your visit to Bulgaria. DK Eyewitness: winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017. "No other guide whets your appetite quite like this one" - The Independent Want to explore beyond Bulgaria? Try our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Eastern and Central Europe. About DK Eyewitness Travel: DK's highly visual Eyewitness guides show you what others only tell you, with easy-to-read maps, tips, and tours to inform and enrich your holiday. DK is the world's leading illustrated reference publisher, producing beautifully designed books for adults and children in over 120 countries.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Bulgaria

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Bulgaria

Author: DK Travel

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 9780241321850

Category: Travel

Page: 286

View: 772

Discover this unspoiled country, from the top things to do in Sofia - such as exploring the Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church and hiking on Mount Vitosha - to enjoying the lively beach resorts on the Black Sea. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Bulgaria showcases the best places to visit in Bulgaria. Four itineraries provide ideas for touring Bulgaria: Sofia; Southern Bulgaria; Northern and Central Bulgaria; and the Black Sea. Unique illustrations and floorplans, stunning photography and 45 detailed maps make DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Bulgaria the essential companion to your trip. You'll find listings for the best hotels and restaurants as well information on Bulgaria's vineyards, ski resorts, folk heritage, architecture and wildlife. Winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017.