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MIGRATION, MEMORY, HERITAGE: SOCIO-CULTURAL
APPROACHES TO THE BULGARIAN-TURKISH BORDER
Britain. The Red Cross delivered financial and other material aid from a number of countries (cf.
Hitilov 1932: 31). With regard to accommodating refugees though, a significant role was played by
the British foundation Save the Children. The foundation offered not only financial assistance but
also aided the government in draining the swamp and building the village of Atolovo which was
set up on that land.
The local population, especially in Haskovo, also often offered shelter to refugee families in
their homes. Yet this initiative was more of a temporary nature.
Urban development and planning
In 1930 the HaskovoMunicipal council approved the plans for the construction of a refugee
district – chartering 255 plots, 193 of which were distributed among refugee families. Houses
had already been built on 172 of those plots. (Letter from Haskovo Town Mayor N8596, dated
Urban development plans of (from left to right) “Trakiyski” district (1957) and “Makedonski” district (1930)
Water fountain with a memorial plate in “Trakiyski” district and a memorial plate dedicated to Georgi
Sapunarov at the entrance of the Thracian House, Haskovo