The current moral decay of Europe is a fact that can’t be ignored. In such environment anti-Semitism pops up with inevitable predictability. The surrender of traditional values increases the influence of dark and destructive forces. They are everywhere – killing of Jews in France by Muslim fanatics; persecution of Jews in Sweden by the same people; mass boycott of Israeli goods in Ireland, etc. It all happens due to the reluctance of the governments to get involved.
Another example in that somber string of events comes from Bulgaria. The news site Club Z (h/t I.S.) reports about a strange item placed for sale on one of the large Bulgarian buy and sell websites. The ad was selling “Bedding set for Nazis with swastika and Auschwitz” for 70 Bulgarian leva (that’s about Canadian $52). The item was exactly what it claimed to be.
As you can see in the screenshot, the set includes a pillow with the design of the official German Nazi flag, a comforter depicting the entrance of the Auschwitz concentration camp and a bed sheet whose design can’t be seen. The ad was placed on November 28 and removed shortly after Club Z published the article about it on December 12, meaning that it was kept for two weeks and few people had problem with it.
The ad was posted by someone going under the name “psimeonoov” and offered only one set, but didn’t provide details about its origin. Judging from the quality of the items, it is very unlikely that the seller produced them himself. There is probably someone with industrial capabilities behind it and hopefully the government could get to the bottom of the case (if they desire so).
Club Z also reports that there were comments to the ad displaying the number 88, which they explain as an abbreviated symbol of “Heil Hitler” (H is the 8th letter in the German alphabet). Further in the article they remind the readers that similar displays are punishable under section 108 of the Bulgarian Criminal Code:
“Spreading of fascist or other anti-democratic ideology or involvement in activities to change by force the social and state order established by the Constitution of Republic of Bulgaria are punishable by prison time of up to 3 years or a fine of up to 5,000 leva.”
Unfortunately, that section is rarely applied. Consecutive corrupt governments have neglected the worsening of the conditions in the country. Only after the terrorist act in Burgas two years ago, when 7 Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian driver were killed, they started doing at least something. Now Muslim radicalism is being noticed after ignoring for many years the work of Saudi Islamic foundations among the Bulgarian Turks and gypsies.
Ironically, comments similar to those under the ad also appeared under the Club Z article. It’s troubling that some supported that seller. A “Veselin Markov” observes:
“Now it’s time to send the police dogs after the hundreds of stands selling t-shirts, souvenirs, and all other garbage with the images of the disgusting Lenin, Stalin, stars and other communist symbols, faces and slogans! We are waiting! And… you idiots, when you sell something, you are simply selling it! The supermarkets don’t promote murder of animals, if they sell meat. Do the liquor stores promote alcoholism or the pharmacies drug use???”
It is a confusing statement, but there were worse comments:
“The bedding set is superb, whatever they say, that’s part of history. As we all know, we can’t and we shouldn’t forget it.”
“When Hitler came to power, he introduced a 5-day work week, 8-hour work day, mandatory vacations and resorts for workers. How many of the whining “anti-fascists” here know about that? Even the Discovery History channel admitted it. It’s a fact. And what are the work time and the pay for the workers in the field of tourism at the [Bulgarian] Black Sea cost, do you know? Fascism and exploitation is what is happening here and now.”
Those are the comments they approved. Club Z removed a comment from someone going under the name “Gestapo,” so I can imagine what he or she wrote.
Anti-Semitism has always been present in Eastern Europe. It gets stronger during social turmoil, when it is necessary to find somebody to blame and Bulgaria has been in such turmoil since the fall of communism. Unlike in Russia, in Bulgaria anti-Semitism has always been limited to grumbling and spreading conspiracy theories. There has never been violence or pogroms.
During World War II, despite the fact that Bulgaria was part of the Axis, all the 50,000 Bulgarian Jews were saved from deportation despite Hitler’s constant pressure. It was a joint effort of several forces – King Boris III, the Parliament (especially his speaker Dimitar Peshev), and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, with the overwhelming support of the people. (That fact is often ignored, while the saving of the Danish Jews is widely publicized. The same applies to Japan, which saved over 20,000 Jews in Shanghai, rejecting the demands of Himmler’s emissaries to exterminate them).
That didn’t end up well for the participants – the King died in August 1943, shortly after his last meeting with Hitler in Berlin. He got sick in the airplane on his way back, which started a rumour that he was poisoned by the Nazis. In 1944 the Soviet Union occupied Bulgaria (there was no war and not a single Russian soldier was killed) and installed a communist government. Within the first few years nearly 70,000 people were killed in communist repressions. Peshev survived, but spent many years in jails and concentration camps to die in abject poverty. As of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, well, you know what happens to churches under communism.
The Bulgarian Communist Party, which was a tiny organization during the war, and its even tinier functionary Todor Zhivkov (who later became president), took the credit for saving the Jews. As of the Jews, after the restoration of their state, most of them immigrated to Israel (only about 5,000 remained).
The communist government didn’t contribute much to improving the image of the Jews. On the contrary, after the 1967 war, to accommodate the “progressive” Arab dictators, Bulgaria severed its diplomatic relations with Israel. Later, in 1975, it was instrumental in promoting and adopting the infamous UN resolution, which equates Zionism to racism and racial discrimination. The official newspapers (and they all were official) used to publish anti-Israeli cartoons and propaganda, which nowadays you can see only in Arab newspapers.
After the fall of communism things improved at government level, but the anti-Jewish feelings are still lurking underneath. It didn’t help that organizations promoting globalist values (like the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, the Open Society Institute and others) entered aggressively the public space, often engaging in activities that ignore the reality in the country (whitewashing the rampant gypsy crime, for example). Many of those organizations are generously financed by George Soros and the circle around him, which feeds the flames of anti-Semitism – he is seen as a sinister head of a Zionist plot to destroy the country. Of course, few people in Bulgaria know that his activities harm Israel as well.
Is there any lesson to be learned here?
I guess we should always remember that our world has become much more complicated than it was during the bipolar world order, which dominated it 25 years ago. We must not take anything for granted – even such simple fact that everybody is supposed to know what happened in Auschwitz. In the times of Honey Boo Boo and the Kardashians, the worldwide dumbing down of the masses is frightening. The 5-minute attention span makes is necessary to remind everybody about the ugly events in the world history. That may help to prevent them from happening again.
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