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Balkan SmokeTobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria$
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Mary C. Neuburger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450846

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450846.001.0001

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From Leaf to Ash

From Leaf to Ash

Jews, Germans, and Bulgarian Gold in the Second World War

(p.134) Chapter 5 From Leaf to Ash
Balkan Smoke

Mary C. Neuburger

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the repercussions of Bulgaria's trade relations with Nazi Germany for tobacco merchants. Bulgarian–German commercial partnership, in which the tobacco trade was central, provided one of the foundations for Bulgaria's entry into World War II on the Axis side. German trade with Bulgaria and other countries in Eastern Europe expanded rapidly in the course of the 1930s as a part of Nazi Gross-raumwirtshaft (greater German economic space). Even before Bulgaria became an Axis state, Jews were gradually shut out of the tobacco trade by Nazi dictate. This chapter considers how the Bulgarian state was compelled to marshal not only its troops but also its tobacco industry as part of its Axis war effort, as well as its impact on the country's Jewish tobacco merchants such as Jacques Asseof. It also discusses the Nazis' attempts to limit smoking in Bulgaria, the rise of anti-Semitism in the country, and the deportation of Bulgarian Jews to the provinces during the war.

Keywords:   trade relations, Nazi Germany, Bulgaria, World War II, Jews, tobacco industry, Jacques Asseof, smoking, anti-Semitism, deportation

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