Israel’s Yad Vashem, the “Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority”, has recognized Bulgarian Vladimir Kurtev as “a Righteous Among the Nations” for his role in the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews from deportation to Nazi death camps in 1943.

Kurtev’s contribution was recognized at a special ceremony Monday at the Yad Vashem memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust established in 1953 in the presence of Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov, Bulgarian Ambassador to Israel Dimitar Tsanchev, and the Chairman of the Israel-Bulgaria Friendship Association, Dr. Moshe Mossek.