Fate of the Bessarabian Bulgarians

In May 2014 I participated in an excursion to the Western Black Sea Area and the historical regions Dobrudscha, Danube Delta and Budjak. It had been organized by the historical faculty of Regensburg University. Together with other students and two faculty members Prof. Buchenau and Prof. Brunnbauer I visited Constanța, the historical Tomis where the Roman poet Ovid was exiled. We met members of the Russian speaking Lipovanian minority, famous all over Europe for their working power, drinking prowess and love making. During a boat trip into the Danube Delta we saw exactly one (1!) Pelican. We prayed with the orthodox bishop of Galatz and were astonished by Romania’s finest peasant architecture in the Bukarest Museum of Village Life.

I wrote half of the travel diary for the trip which can be found here (in German).

We also took a bus tour into Moldova to receive an audience from the one and only Bashkan of the Gagauz Autonomous Republic. On the way back we made a stop in Taraclia, one of the biggest settlements of Bessarabian Bulgarians, the Bulgarian minority that lives in the South of Moldova and Ukraine.

Later that year I started writing a paper on the evacuation of the German minority from the same area in 1940. In that year, the Soviet Union occupied Bessarabia after it had been part of Greater Romania for 22 years. In the texts on the German exodus, mention was sometimes made of the people who stayed behind in the area, among them the Bessarabian Bulgarians.

As I had to still write an essay to receive credits for the course I decided to write on the fate of this minority after the Soviet invasion.

The text is in German and can be downloaded here:

Eikmeier. Das Schicksal der bessarabischen Bulgaren