Meeting the survivors: Ben-Gurion's visit to Bulgaria, December 1944 Academic Article uri icon


  • BEN-GURIONTRAVELLED to the Balkans in the last week of November 1944. His principal destination was Rumania, which contained the largest number of Jews in the areas recently liberated from the Nazis. He planned to spend only a day in Bulgaria, but after failing to obtain a visa to Rumania, he rearranged his plans and Bulgaria became the focus of his trip. 1 On September 9, 1944 the" Fatherland Front" came to power in Bulgaria. The Front was a coalition of four parties formed the day after the Red Army entered the country. Although the new government was put together on a quasi-parity basis, it soon became clear that the Communists were in control. The" Zvino" party, for instance, received three" senior" offices, including the head of the government. Meanwhile," lesser" offices, run by Communists, such as the Interior Ministry, took over important areas of decision-making. 2 Ben-Gurion …

publication date

  • September 1, 1989