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Rubin Dimitrov

Rubin Dimitrov was a baker whose bakery was in the Jewish neighborhood. He was very helpful to his Jewish neighbor. He bought medicines for the neighbor when the neighbor was interned to

a labor camp and Dimitrov was arrested, beaten up by the police, and accused of being a “Jew lover” for smuggling these medicines to the neighbor. When the police attacked the Jewish demonstrators after the antideportation demonstration, he realized he could help in other ways:

“During the riots of May 24, I saw Jews running from the police. One couldn’t sit idly by, arms crossed, doing nothing. A true human being is obliged to help. I had an idea that I could hide this group of five or six people. So, I opened the door of my bakery oven to hide these people. And what were these people guilty of? Their only guilt in my opinion was that they were Jews, nothing else.”

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