Sofia is going to get a new memorial of a prominent historical figure. On 13 July, the Embassy of Norway in Bulgaria will unveil a monument in honour of Norwegian polar researcher, diplomat and scientist Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930).
Fridtjof Nansen is considered one of Norway’s most prominent public figures and is celebrated for his accomplishments by many nations around the world. He dedicated a lot of his life to humanitarian causes and in 1922 received a
Nobel Peace Prize for his work with displaced victims of the First World War. Nansen had also a huge contribution in helping bring Bulgarian prisoners of war back home. For his assistance, he was awarded a Great Cross for Civic Services by King Boris III.
The Nansen Sofia monument is located in the NDK park, at the crossing of the boulevard bearing the humanitarian name and Patriarh Evtimiy Boulevard.
Ms Marit Greve, Nansen's granddaughter and biographer, will also be present at the official event on 13 July. She will deliver a lecture on Nansen's life and personality earlier the same day, 3 pm, at the American Corner of the Sofia City Library, 4A Slaveykov Sq.
When: 13 July, 5 pm
Where: NDK park, at the crossing of Fridtjof Nansen Boulevard and Patriarch Evtimiy Boulevard, Sofia
70 years ago, on 10 March 1943, Bulgaria's pro-Nazi government decided to defy Berlin and halt the deportation of Bulgaria's 50.000 Jews. This was down to the actions of one man - Dimitar Peshev. Just two years later he faced Communist justice and found himself on trial for his life. His niece Kaluda Kiradjieva remembers