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Approved For Release 2008/06/30: CIA-RDP82-00457R011800310007-4 rvnn nv. 51-IIAA 1952 COUNTRY Bulgaria INFORMATION REPORT REPORT SUBJECT position of Jews in Bulgaria DATE OF INFO. PLACE ACQUIRED THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS INFORMATION AFFECTING THE NATIONAL DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES, WITHIN THE MEANING OF TITLE 18, SECTIONS 793 AND TAR,. OF THE U.S. CODE. AS AMENDED. ITS TRANSMISSION OR REVE- LATION OF ITS CONTENTS TO OR RECEIPT BY AN UNAUTHORIZED PERSON IS PROHIBITED BY LAW. THE REPRODUCTION OF THIS FORM IS PROHIBITED. 1. In September 1944, there were approximately 60,000. Jews in Bulgaria. At present only 10,000 remain, the other 50,000 having been.allowed to imnate.to Israel with their goods and chattels. 2. Of the 10,000 Jews who still remain, approximately 5,000-6,.000 wish to emigrate; the Bulgarians are not expected to prevent them from leaving. Of the 4,0:00 who have not specified a desire to emigrate, 2,000 have expressed the definite intention. of remaining in Bulgaria.. 3. There is some anti-Semitism .among the c.iv.il.iari population, but the problem is not great because of the decreased Jewish population.., The regime tolerates Jews. There is. an official. Bulgarian-Israeli.Committee;. the Chief Rabbi supports the "Peace" Campaign. 11. Most of the Jews were merchants and professional men; the merchants have been eliminated as a result of the nationalization of industries, not because of persecution. Jews still remain in the professions.. 5. The two high-ranking Jewish Party members of any cpnsOquence.in the Government are; a. Ruben Avramov Levi, 51,, one of the. Secretaries of the Central.-Committee, who was.appointed President of the Committee for Science, Art,. and Culture in early February 1952; and CONFIDENNITIAL/C0MR0L -: U.S.Q. OFFICIALS ONLY SECURITY INFORMATION b. Jacques Nathan, approximately 50, not known, to.be.a senior Past$ member, who is the Vice President of the Committee for Science, Art, and Culture 6. Luchezar Avramov, an up-and-coming.. Jew, is at present Secretary of the Dimitrov. Union of._People:ls Youth. CLASSIFICATION CO +J iAL/co TROL - U.S.,. OFFICIALS ONLY CD NO. DATE DISTR. 9 May 1952 NO. OF PAGES 2 NO. OF ENCLS. (LISTED BELOW) SUPPLEMENT TO REPORT NO. THIS IS UNEVALUATED INFORMATION Approved For Release 2008/06/30: CIA-RDP82-00457R011800310007-4 Approved For Release 2008/06/30: CIA-RDP82-00457R011800310007-4 CONFIDENTIAL/CONTROL,- U.S. OFFICIALS ONLY Comment, We consider that neither the Party nor the government is eon- those . Lew who remain in Bulgaria must realize they will berequir.ed..to follow Party principles- We believe the Bulgarian Communist Party is well pleased to have Jewish brains at its. disposal. eerned wit eliminating.Jews from responsible positions, particularly since CONF'IDEN'rIAL/COI+1TlROL,- U.S. OFFICIALS ONLY Approved For Release 2008/06/30: CIA-RDP82-00457R011800310007-4