November 17, 1988 |
Shulamit Shamir, the wife of Israel's Prime Minister Yitzak Shamir, returned to her native country Wednesday to thank "the noble Bulgarian people" for saving 50,000 Jews in 1943 from the Holocaust. Addressing a symposium organized by Bulgarian officials and the nation's tiny Jewish community, she said Israel will never forget what Bulgaria had done. "Glory to the noble Bulgarian people and may it be blessed," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1994 |
Nearly 2,500 worshipers listened as a rabbi read Scripture at the Crystal Cathedral on Sunday morning. "God has blessed us with salvation," read Rabbi Haim Asa, who wore a yarmulke and prayer shawl during a service complete with a gospel choir and bells. Indeed, salvation was what the service was all about. For Asa, however, the term has direct meaning.
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November 5, 1998
Margaret Marketa Novak-Dattels writes movingly (letter, Oct. 23) of the murder of Jews in World War II by Nazi Germany and collaborators. True, Edith Stein was murdered because of her Jewish roots, not her Catholic conversion. But Novak-Dattels is wrong in her assertion that only "the people of Denmark . . . saved most of their Jewish citizens." One other country, Bulgaria, saved nearly every single one of its 50,000 Jewish citizens. The number of Jews in Bulgaria increased each year of the war. We must never forget.
November 2, 1991 |
The Jews of Istanbul, who have lived for centuries along the shores of the Golden Horn, never tire of one particular sea story: In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from the tiny port of Palos . . . because the harbors at Cadiz and Seville were jammed with boatloads of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain by his royal sponsors. Columbus went west to uncertainty. Around 60,000 Jews exiled that year by Ferdinand and Isabella came east to official welcome in lands of the Ottoman Empire.