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Към историята на антисемитизма в Пловидв в късния 19 век
Towards History of Anti-Semitism in Plovdiv in the Late 19th Century

Author(s): Keta Mircheva
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, Jewish studies, Communication studies, History of Antisemitism
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Anti-Semitism; blood libel; Bulgarian press; Plovdiv

Summary/Abstract: The article presents how the accusation that Jews use the blood of Christian children in their rituals, a legend most popular as “blood libel”, was discussed in the Plovdiv Bulgarian press in the late 19th century. There are cases of the legend being challenged by local journalists, as well as others in which they are its distributors. In this sense, the Bulgarians are no more tolerant than their Greek neighbors, as the director of the local AIU school claims in one of his reports. Some groups in Bulgarian society also succumb to anti-Semitism, and this depends as much on the entry of modern political anti-Semitic ideas through the channels of mass education and popular literature, as well as on economic problems and crises.

  • Issue Year: 63/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 70-89
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian