National Socialist Bulgarian Workers Party

The National Socialist Bulgarian Workers Party (Bulgarian: Национал-Социалистическа Българска Работническа Партия) was a Nazi party based in the Kingdom of Bulgaria.

National Socialist Bulgarian Workers Party
Национал-Социалистическа Българска Работническа Партия
LeaderHristo Kunchev
Founded15 May 1932 (15 May 1932)
Banned1934 (1934)
HeadquartersSofia[citation needed]
NewspaperAttack!
IdeologyNazism
Bulgarian nationalism
Political positionFar-right
ReligionBulgarian Orthodox Church
Colors  Black and   yellow
Party flag
Flag nsbrp.svg

It was one of a number of anti-Semitic groups to emerge in Bulgaria after the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany, with other notable groups including the Union of Bulgarian National Legions and Ratniks.[1] The party was established by Doctor Hristo Kunchev in 1932, who had studied medicine in Berlin.[2] The party sought to copy the Nazi Party by adopting the National Socialist Program, the swastika and other symbols of the German party.[2] Unlike some of its competitors on the far right like the Union of Bulgarian National Legions and the Ratniks, it was not a very influential group and had a relatively small membership with only a hundred people active in its core.[3] The party published a newspaper called Ataka [bg] ('Attack', a name similar to Der Angriff of Joseph Goebbels). In the September 1932 municipal elections, of 68,000 voters, 47,823 voted, and Bulgarian National Socialists obtained only 147 votes (0.31%) and ranked 18th among the participants. Through 1933, it was divided and disappeared after all political parties were banned after the coup of 9 May 1934.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Guy H. Haskell, From Sofia to Jaffa: the Jews of Bulgaria and Israel, Wayne State University Press, 1994, p. 111
  2. ^ a b Rupert Butler, Hitler's Jackals, Leo Cooper, 1998, p. 44
  3. ^ Ivan Ilchev, Bistra Rushkova, The Rose of the Balkans: A Short History of Bulgaria, Colibri, 2005, p. 44
  4. ^ Поппетров (2008). pp. 54 – 55.

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