Debate over Dimitar Peshev street renaming broadens
WASHINGTON (AP) - A request to name a Washington, D.C., intersection after a Bulgarian politician credited with helping save the country's Jewish population during World War II has hit an unexpected bump.
The request by the Bulgarian Embassy tapped into a broader debate about how accurately the country is accounting for its past.
The embassy wants to honor Dimitar Peshev, a former vice president of Parliament who helped prevent the deportation of tens of thousands of Bulgarian Jews.
The D.C. Council asked the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to review the embassy's letter. The museum says neither the letter nor a recent declaration from the Bulgarian government tells the complete story.
The debate underscores the challenge of reconciling the heroic deeds of an individual during World War II with the record of his nation.