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49,172 Bulgaria, USA / 2015

A gripping story of 49 172 Jews in Bulgaria who escaped the atrocities of the Second World War and a dramatic post-war account of those who rescued their Jewish compatriots.

Director Plamen Petkov embarks on a journey to discover the reason why Bulgaria, amongst all of the nations occupied by the German forces during World War Two, managed to shield their Jewish community from the very worst aspects of the Holocaust.

Persecution and salvation are explored through multiple interviews with Holocaust survivors. The film honours the rescuers of Bulgaria’s Jewish community, paying tribute to their heroic acts of bravery in defying the overwhelming sway of Nazi rule.



Director — Plamen Petkov