Dimitar Peshev House – Museum

Dimitar Peshev House

     Dimitar Peshev was born in Kyustendil in 1894. He is a Bulgarian politician who was minister of justice in the first cabinet of Kiosseivanov and a vice-president of the XXIV and XXV Ordinary National Assembly. Dimiter Peshev is known for his role in the saving of more than 50,000 Bulgarian Jews. He is an honourable citizen of Israel, and in 1997 received posthumously the highest Bulgarian medal – Stara Planina.

     In 2002 the ambassador of Israel, Emanuel Zisman, and Kyustendil Municipality implemented a project for the restoration of the Dimitar Peshev’s house and its turning into a museum. It is an exact copy of the home of the politician, adapted in the city center.

     The permanent exhibition with original belongings, photos and facsimiles tells the story of what happened in March 1943 and of the worldly acknowledged merit of Dimiter Peshev and his fellow-citizens form Kyustendil – Peter Mihalev, Asen Suichmezov, Vladimir Kurtev and Ivan Momchilov, who contributed to the salvation of the Jews in Bulgaria.