Posted tagged ‘Bulgaria’

Bulgarian documentary “Goryani” (2011) reveals Bulgarians’ resistance against communism

February 8, 2012

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

At the end of 2011 Andrey Kovatchev, Vice-chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament and Member of the Reconciliation of European Histories Group, supported the distribution of the Bulgarian documentary “Goryani” (“mountain dwellers” in Eng.) directed by Mr Atanas Kirjakov. 

“Goryani” is devoted to one of the most traumatic, but also most remarkable moments of the new Bulgarian history – the resistance movement of the Goryani against the communist rule in the period between 1944 and 1956. The film is based on authentic archival and documental evidence, as well as the memories of living members of the movement and their successors. The film was first presented on 27 September 2011 and it was greeted with huge interest by the Bulgarian civil society. (more…)

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Bulgaria condemns communist Turkish assimilation

January 25, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
The Daily News, January 11 2012

Bulgaria’s parliament adopted on Wednesday a special declaration condemning the forcible assimilation of the country’s sizeable Turkish minority under communism.
 
The declaration specifically centred on the so-called “revival process” in the mid-1980s when Bulgaria’s ethnic Turks were forced to change their Muslim names to Bulgarian ones.
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Materials from the Panel Hearing in the European Parliament ‘The Endured European Dream of Bulgaria: 1944-1989’

November 25, 2010

November 17, 2010
European Parliament

 

 
Brochure and Programme of the event (including biographies of the speakers)
Speech by Professor Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament

Speech by Hans-Gert Poettering , former President of the European Parliament

Speech by Joseph Daul, President of the EPP political group (in French)

Speech by Sandra Kalniete, Chair of the Reconciliation of European Histories group
 
 
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