The New Topic

Seventh National History Competition (2012-2013)
"The Tolerance of Bulgarian Nation-Together despite Differences"

Have the Bulgarians been tolerant in their Past for those who are different from them - minorities, neighbors, strangers or compatriots simply chosen to be different. Bulgaria is often pointed out as an example of a peaceful coexistence of peoples and religions. Proof of this is the saving of about 50,000 Jews during World War II and the demonstrated empathy to the Armenians affected by the genocide. During times of political changes Bulgaria became the second homeland for refugees, settlers and strangers. The tradition of the neighborliness between the different communities overcomes the ethnical, religious, linguistic and cultural diversity of the neighbor.

In the light of these facts we can ask ourselves are there any dark spots in our National history, for which clearly speaks the Law for Protection of the Nation (1941) and the Revival process (80`s of 20th c.).

Is the tolerance of Bulgarians a stereotype and is "the Bulgarian ethnic model" a myth? Are there any social distances and prejudices hidden behind the mask of tolerance? And how did we manage to be together despite our differences? Has the Bulgarian state policy always been consistent in finding the right proportion between the ethnic and national? Is the integration of Turks, Gypsies, Wallachians, Karakachans, Armenians, Jews, Tatars etc. in 70`s and 80`s of the 20thc. an association or unification at the expense of their cultural emancipation?

What is the truth about the fate of ethnic and religious minorities during the socialism - integrated, leveled, emancipated or assimilated?