On September 5, 1943, Tsar Boris III was buried in the Rila Monastery, after his death on August 28.
The voice of Tsar Boris III is preserved in the “Gold Fund” of the BNR. Highlights from his speech from the throne delivered at the opening of the 4th regular session of the XXV ordinary national assembly on October 28, 1942 gives essential information about the economic measures taken by the government, we can compare with today’s crisis times.
“The foreign policy of our country in these fateful times has been finally established. It continues to be carried out by the Government with firmness and determination. Within the framework of the Tripartite Pact and the Anti-Comintern Pact. This policy rests on sincere cooperation and cordial friendship with the Axis Powers and their allies Bulgaria joined the ideas of the construction of the new European orderwhich will provide one lasting peacebased on justice, willingly cooperates with the implementation of these ideas,” stated Tsar Boris III in his speech.
What do we read between the lines in the throne speech of Tsar Boris III at the opening of the 4th regular session of the XXV Ordinary National Assembly?
“The World War, in which Bulgaria also has its share, continues to pay more and more attention to our economy and state finances. The extremely hard winter and the prolonged drought this year resulted in an unsatisfactory harvest. This could not but affect the development of our entire economy. The government had to take new and strengthen existing measures for a fairer distribution of available products, for more effective price containmentas well as for a greater intervention in maintaining the balance between internal and external through the balancing fund”, states Tsar Boris III.
The last days of Tsar Boris III
After returning from the meeting with Hitler in August 1943, Tsar Boris III spent two days in Sofia. On August 18, he climbed Musala with Prince Kiril and several friends. In the evening, he stayed at the “Tsarska Bistritsa” palace in Chamkoria, where he spent the days of August 19 and 20. On Saturday, August 21, he went hunting for deer, and on Sunday, August 22, he gave an audience to the Minister of Defense, Nikola Mihov, about the convening of military maneuvers in the valley of the Maritsa River. On Monday, August 23, the king returned to Sofia. That evening he was invited to the residence of the Italian Minister Plenipotentiary. He goes with his advisor Yordan Sevov. On August 24, his aide-de-camp was disturbed that he had not been summoned and rushed the fainting monarch.
The question of who would benefit from the death of the ruler in August 1943 and the geopolitical conjuncture has a significant answer for today’s Bulgaria and its relations with the so-called “the great and other powers”.
In 1943, Radio London, the future BBC, came out with information that this happened with German participation. On the other hand, the Germans blame the British. But, according to Ivan Drenikov, the son of Col. Georgy Drenikov, the only one who has an interest in this happening is Stalin. The report of Prof. Hans Eppinger, summoned because of the monarch’s illness, disappears when he is called as a witness at the Nuremberg trials.
A curious fact is the route of the plane sent by Hitler to Tsar Boris III in order to carry out their last meeting.
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Worked on the publication: Nataliya Maeva
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