Moscow. 23 Jan. INTERFAX – the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia has supported the nomination of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for the Nobel peace prize.
“The status of the award involves an outstanding contribution to the promotion of peace. But what can be a greater contribution than saving tens of thousands of people? As our sages who saves one person saves the world entire. So, the rescue of 48 000 Jews is the salvation of tens of thousands of worlds,” – said the head of public relations Department of the FJC Russia Boruch Gorin, who is quoted in the press service of the Federation.
In addition, he continued, the example of the Bulgarian Church shows that open resistance to evil, no matter how powerful and stable it may seem, “perhaps is not so hopeless as some try to present it”.
In 1943, when the planned deportation of the Jews of Bulgaria to Nazi death camps, the hierarchs of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church openly opposed and achieved cancellation of this decision. In particular, the Plovdiv Metropolitan Cyril has declared that if Jews are deported, then he would go along with them.
For the first time BPC has been nominated for the Nobel prize in 2013, but then the prize winner was the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons. A second application was filed in January 2017, at the initiative of the former Minister of health of Israel General Ephraim Sneh, Professor of law at the University of Haifa Moshe Keshet and lawyer Moshe Aloni.