In an attempt to defocus and distract the public at home, Zoran Zaev today agreed to blame Macedonians for the occupation in WW2, while exculpating the Bulgarian state.
Zaev initially agreed to rewrite history books in a way that removes any mention of the Fascist elements of the wartime Bulgarian state – the term “Bulgarian Fascist occupier is common in Macedonian history books. The new version, preferred by Bulgaria, would just name the “Fascist occupier”, avoiding where possible the mention of the country that occupied Macedonian in WW2.
And today, when asked about this proposal, Zaev expanded further, by trying to blame Macedonian “collaborators” – and mangling the pronunciation of the word in the process.
In the process of Europeanization of our country, it is not acceptable to give Fascism an ethnic designation. In European countries, Fascism doesn’t have an ethnic designation. We also had Nazi collaborators here in Macedonia in that period. You can’t say that we were all with the partisans and that another nation was all Fascist, because there were other collaborators of the Fascists, Zaev stated.
We would agree with Zaev here, particularly because he is talking about himself here and Andrej Zernovski’s grandfather who worked for the Bulgarian fascists in 1942 by serving as the ‘Kmet’ of Skopje. His grandson Andrej was the mayor of Centar, representing the SDSM.