Who was Sava Popov? The Unlocking of an Archive
Who was Sava Popov? The Unlocking of an Archive


Who was Sava Popov? The Unlocking of an Archive

Citizen of Sofia

We don’t know what the young journalist’s political beliefs were, but we learn that the publishing venture could bring troubles of a different nature. Because of an unpaid bill at the printer’s for an issue of Saznanie in that same year of 1934, after a written report to the director of the school, Sava and his friend Doncho did not receive high school diplomas. A small group, less active in the writing the paper, had been more active in spending the money earned from sales in cafés. “Dear Sava, It seems I was destined to suffer the misfortunes of Consciousness. …those from the 1st High School are nowhere to be found. And Knipegraf [printing] wants 2300 levs. And they are hunting me,” Doncho wrote. Principal Chinkov gave a lecture on how the school’s name should not be discredited. At that time, the newspaper colleagues in question were playing cards and backgammon at the restaurant by the lake at the Boris’ Garden park. “Of course… Consciousness pays.”

Youth organizations in Bulgaria in the period after 1930 were very active. Pupils and students become members of them en masse. The lives of children at the time were highly subordinated to the adult agenda, entirely within the context of the general political and social atmosphere. In pedagogical literature, the topic of education was burdened with the idea of ​​a “national state” and “national ideals.” Ritual symbolism took the form of the wearing of uniforms and folk costumes and parades in which they carried flags and the photographs of heroes, borrowed from the nationalist organizations of veteran soldiers. This was not a local phenomenon; the situation was the same in Europe, which was reeling from the aftermath of the First World War and the unjust Treaty of Versailles. A new war was looming.


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