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The Nazis did not spend that much time regarding Bulgaria. The country was important for access to Greece and, eventually maybe, Turkey and the Middle East. Its tobacco kept German soldiers in cigarettes. As long as it was docile, it wasn't worth Germany's attention. That was just the way Bulgaria liked it, since in return they got territory from Yugoslovia, ...


The 11th ed. of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (published in 1911) provides a specific answer as to when. The why can perhaps be inferred from its somewhat anti-Turkish language (tortuous, mean) and the historical events around independence in 1879. Since 1880 the city has been almost entirely renovated in the "European" style; the narrow tortuous lanes ...


Unfortunately the answers here expressed earlier are wrong. Hitler hated the slavs. Hitler did NOT consider bulgarians to be slavic. "The idea that bulgarians are slavs is nonsense, bulgarians are turkomen" - A. Hitler. Hitler considered the "turkomen" to be aryans -> Hitler liked Bulgaria. It really is as simple as that.

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