(March 12, 2002 - Jerusalem) The ceremony honoring the late Metropolitan of Sofia, Stefan; and the late Metropolitan of Plovdiv, Kiril - heads of the Independent Orthodox Church (Bulgaria’s largest Church) - for saving Jews during the Holocaust, took place at Yad Vashem on March 12, 2002. The ceremony took place in the presence of Ivan Petkov, Bulgaria’s Deputy Foreign Minister; H.E. Prof. Tsanko Yablanski, Bulgaria’s Ambassador in Israel; H.E. Emanuel Zisman, Israel’s Ambassador in Bulgaria; Judge Yaacov Maltz, Chairman of the Commission for the Designation of the Righteous; Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate; the niece of Metropolitan Stefan; the nephew of Metropolitan Kiril; representatives of the Bulgarian Government; representatives of the Bulgarian Church including the Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod; representatives of the Bulgarian Jewish community; and Bulgarian Holocaust survivors.
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