(Non)dangerous Enemies of the Regime: Unknown Stories of Three Famous Women of the Agrarian Party Cover Image
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(Без)опасните врагове на режима: неизвестните истории на три известни жени от земеделското движение
(Non)dangerous Enemies of the Regime: Unknown Stories of Three Famous Women of the Agrarian Party

Author(s): Nurie Muratova
Subject(s): History, Political history, Gender history, Recent History (1900 till today)
Keywords: Agrarian movement; resistance to communist regime; State Security; gender

Summary/Abstract: The paper follows the life trajectory of three women - Rayna Lapardova (1904-1980), Nevena Elmazova (1895-1981) and Tsvetana Tsacheva (1896-1974), who are not even mentioned in the history of the Bulgarian Agrarian Movement to which they devoted their lives nor yet in the stories about the resistance against the communist regime whose victims they became. The Bulgarian Agrarian Union was the biggest political party before the communist take over on 9th of September 1944. In the 1940s and 1950s the members of the Union were supressed and persecuted by the authorities. The author discovered the contradiction between the official archive documents about them and the documents of the repressive services of the totalitarian state. The two sources presented two different stories of the same person. The official archive memory about them contradicts to the true story of their difficult lives which could be reconstructed from their State Security dossiers. Two of them (Rayna Lapardova and Tsvetana Tsacheva) spent several years in the working camps, and the third one (Nevena Elmazova) was kept under observation and under pressure by the State Security for 10 years.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 310-324
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian