"A Guide to Jewish Bulgaria" fills an important and all-too-frequently
neglected niche in Bulgarian history.
International best-selling author of "The Historian" and "The Swan Thieves"
North Carolina, USA
In a country that has been populated by Jews for many centuries and that
prides itself on having saved its Jews from the Holocaust, there is surprisingly
little Jewish heritage beyond the very obvious. What remains - a disused
synagogue here, an old, neglected cemetery or the ruin of a building there - is
sometimes extremely difficult to find. Unless you know exactly where to look.
This superbly researched, written and photographed book is a must for
everyone interested in Jewish heritage in Eastern Europe in general and
Bulgaria in particular.
Theatre and film actor
Bulgaria did not turn over its Jews in World War II but afterwards, when
they left for Israel, it did nothing to preserve their heritage, synagogues
and cemeteries. This informative, well-documented and above all very
impressive book does much to rectify this. It is not a requiem for the Bulgarian
Jews, but rather a historical and artistic testimonial to the remnants of the
Bulgarian Jews' comprehensive contribution to the country that once was
Dr Baruch Hazan
University of Haifa and the Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Elegant and eloquent, this book is a fascinating journey through one of the least known
lands in Europe. Wonderful throughout!
Dr Milena Borden
University of Reading
A must book for the Jewish traveller in Bulgaria. I have visited my birth country a dozen
times in the past 40 years. Invariably Jewish tourists ask me "Is there a handbook in
English that will help give me the background I need to further understand and enjoy my
visit there more fully?"
It is my belief that Ms Trankova and Mr Georgieff have presented us with a very
practical "Guide to Jewish Bulgaria." Congratulations to the writers! Enjoy your visit!
Rabbi Haim Asa
Orange County, California, USA