Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said at today’s commemoration in the courtyard of the Tobacco Complex in Skopje, on the 75th anniversary of the deportation of 7,144 Macedonian Jews to the Nazi concentration camp Treblinka, that Balkan politicians must work together for a better future for the citizens and that they should not allow such tragedies to occur such as the Holocaust.
“We need to draw conclusions and to understand that we need to build the Balkans, work together, to work for better regulation, and for the nations to live happily together, and all that remains in history. If, God forbid, we again allow similar events, then we are stupid. We, the current politicians, have a responsibility. We have not forgotten them, their glory, and that’s why we came together with the Macedonian people to remember those who failed to get away alive from the Nazi machine. Today, it is our responsibility not to forget the tragic fate of the victims of the Holocaust and to be sure that such events will never be repeated again,”, said Borisov .
Bulgaria has often been accused by Macedonia of organizing the deportation of Jews from this area to death camps. In his address, the Bulgarian Prime Minister pointed out that in the synagogue in Sofia, they organized a feast that expressed deep respect for the Bulgarian people, church, intellectuals and socialists who, in what they said, perhaps the worst times, managed to save 48,000 Jews.
He, together with Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdić, the Deputy Prime Minister of Romania, Ana Birchall and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz , as well as other senior guests from the country and abroad , at the beginning of the program of the commemoration, participated in the March of the Living from the location of the former railway station in Skopje to the former Monopoly, which was a gathering center for Macedonian Jews, from where they were transported to Treblinka with cattle trucks.