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19 February has a new meaning for Bulgarians and world in early 21st century

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19 February is a day of sadness in Bulgaria. In 1873 a day earlier was hung by Turk enslavers of Bulgarians the most prominent Bulgarian – Vassil Levski (born 1837). He believed in freedom in way in which Abraham Lincoln communicated freedom in the USA.

In early 21st century, the people believe in history as value only if it tells big truths. Many manipulate history in such way that history today may mean just trouble for majority and material value for enrichment for a few successful authors, academicians, politicians, treasure-hunters and collectors of antiques.

However, this oriented toward future everydayness makes the big hero also contemporary. It is even difficult to think that Vassil Levski is just a memory, since the Bulgarian nation so needs him at this critical moment when Bulgaria may even lose its national identity!

Thinking about history as contemporary value, Vassil Levski becomes a global value, probably one of the greatest global values. Good example for this conclusion is that Bulgarian and Serbian Prime ministers unveiled this week a monument of Vassil Levski in Dimitrovgrad, a border town in southeast Serbia.

Please enjoy the slideshow with the monument of Vassil Levski in Sofia capital of Bulgaria. The photos were brought to thanks to Evgeni Paunov, the leading contemporary Bulgarian scientist and the first recipient of the Georgi Markov prize for humanity, which event will be celebrated in the birth place of Vassil Levski, Karlovo, in early June 2014. Evgeni Paunov has ancestry in Karlovo as well and was born close to the monument of Vassil Levski in Sofia. It could be this patriotic fire that Evgeni keeps in his heart and communicates for the bright future of Bulgaria.

From Bulgarians commemorates...:

Bulgaria commemorates on Wednesday the 141st anniversary of the death of its national hero, freedom-fighter and revolutionary Vasil Levski.

Vasil Ivanov Kunchev (better known as Vasil Levski), was sentenced to death by an Ottoman court and hanged in Sofia on February 18 (February 6 old style), 1873.

Bulgaria honors the national hero on February 19th, despite him being hung on the 18th. The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences explains that this discrepancy is due to an old technical error that has not been corrected in history books. More...

From Dacic, Oresharski Unveil Monument To Bulgarian Revolutionary Vasil Levski

Addressing a gathering of several hundred people on the town’s main square, Dacic said it is time for building good and tolerant relations as Bulgaria and Serbia are neighbors in the Balkans and should be helping each other.

“We have not always been smart in history, but today, I want your and our children never to go to war against each other again,” the Serbian prime minister said, calling for holding a joint meeting of the two governments to discuss, inter alia, cross-border cooperation between Serbia and Bulgaria.

He pledged the Serbian government will work together with the Bulgarian National Council to resolve issues facing the Bulgarian minority in Serbia.

Dacic pointed to the high unemployment rate and poverty in this part of the country, observing that wages here are far below the national average.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski also called for good neighborly relations and a future in Europe for both countries.

From Wikipedia:

Vasil Levski (Bulgarian: Васил Левски, originally spelled Василъ Лѣвскій, pronounced [vɐˈsiɫ ˈlɛfski]), born Vasil Ivanov Kunchev (Васил Иванов Кунчев; 18 July 1837 – 18 February 1873), was a Bulgarian revolutionary and a national hero of Bulgaria. Dubbed the Apostle of Freedom, Levski ideologised and strategised a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Founding the Internal Revolutionary Organisation, Levski sought to foment a nationwide uprising through a network of secret regional committees.

Born in the Sub-Balkan town of Karlovo to middle class parents, Levski became an Orthodox monk before emigrating to join the two Bulgarian Legions in Serbia and other Bulgarian revolutionary groups. Abroad, he acquired the nickname Levski, "Leonine". After working as a teacher in Bulgarian lands, he propagated his views and developed the concept of his Bulgaria-based revolutionary organisation, an innovative idea that superseded the foreign-based detachment strategy of the past. In Romania, Levski helped institute the Bulgarian Revolutionary Central Committee, composed of Bulgarian expatriates. During his tours of Bulgaria, Levski established a wide network of insurrectionary committees. Ottoman authorities, however, captured him at an inn near Lovech and executed him by hanging in Sofia. More ...


Vassil Levski at Encyclopædia Britannica

Special "court" for Vassil Levski (a video)



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