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Two Bulgarian Clergymen honored as Righteous Among the Nations

Judge Yaacov Maltz (left) presenting the Righteous Among the Nations medal to Mrs. Maria Nikolova Popova, niece of Metropolitan Stefan and Prof. Kiril Markov, nephew of Metropolitan Kiril Judge Yaacov Maltz (left) presenting the Righteous Among the Nations medal to Mrs. Maria Nikolova Popova, niece of Metropolitan Stefan and Prof. Kiril Markov, nephew of Metropolitan Kiril

(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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