Bulgarian honor bid in DC stirs Holocaust debate

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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - A request by the Bulgarian Embassy to name a Washington intersection after a favorite native son - a man credited with helping save the country's Jewish population from deportation - has gotten tangled up in a broader debate about whether the nation is accurately accounting for the actions of its leaders during the Holocaust.

The debate involving the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has played out behind the scenes as the D.C. Council prepares this month to consider honoring Dimitar Peshev. The discussion underscores not only the complexities of Holocaust history but also the difficulty countries face reconciling the heroic deeds of an individual during World War II with the record of a nation as a whole. It also comes as historians and Jewish organizations encourage nations to take unvarnished stock of their actions in Nazi-era Europe.

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