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The Optimists (2001)

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A recounting of the rescue of 50,000 Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust by their friends and neighbors.


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A recounting of the rescue of 50,000 Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust by their friends and neighbors.

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21 October 2005 (USA)  »

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The Story of the Rescue of the Jews of Bulgaria  »

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Bishop Boris Kharalampiev: Everyone is entitled to his own faith. No one should violate the intimate, spiritual life of another. That's how I think now, that's how I have thought in the past, and if I live any longer, that's how I'll think then.
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A unique and wonderful slice of histoy!
12 November 2002 | by (wilmette,il) – See all my reviews

Last night, my husband and I saw "The Optimists" and were so affected by the story we couldn't sleep for thinking about it.Why was it that the people of Bulgaria behaved so differently than most of the world toward their Jewish friends? That is the big question the film poses to the audience. Could this tiny microcosm perhaps be the answer tothe problems we are facing at our moment in history? If people really KNOW one another and are able to become fast friends, without losing their own identity, can this be the answer? In Sofia, all religions peacefully co-existed and the Bulgarians proved that there can be " man's humanity to man." A very thoughtful and well made film. We hope it can receive more attention.

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