|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
History of the Bulgarian
The first mention we have of Bulgaria is in the Vegetarian Messenger (VSUK magazine), January, 1923, which reports on the existence of the Bulgarian Vegetarian Union, made up from societies in many small towns. It said the founder was a friend of Tolstoy.
From the report of the 1923 IVU Congress, held in Stockholm, Sweden:
The report from the 1926 Congress, held in London, England, makes no mention of Bulgaria. From the report of the 1929 Congress, held in Steinschönau, Czeckoslovakia:
From the report of the 1932 Congress, held in Berlin & Hamburg, Germany:
Valentin Bulgakov was Tolstoy's Secretary for some time, so it could have been him who was responsible for setting up the Union in Bulgaria in 1923.
The 1935 Congress report makes no mention of Bulgaria, but the report from 1938 opens with:.
- there was a note of apology for absence from the Bulgarian Society.
The 1947 Congress report makes no mention of Bulgaria but, by that time the country was under communist control and vegetarian societies were probably banned.
Further details from this period will be added as they become available, but vegetarianism would have been suppressed during the communist era.
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