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The subject of this article is the linguistic work of prof. Boris Yotsov – a distinguished Bulgarian literary historian and specialist in the area of Slavic studies with adoctoral degree from Charles University in Prague. He was sentenced to death by theso-called People’s Court and executed after the 9th of September 1944. Following that,the longstanding censorship on him and his works allowed using his research ideas andthemes without giving credit to the author. The article focuses on this disturbed continuity in Slavic literary studies in Bulgaria and emphasizes B. Yotsov’s contribution to theresearch in the area of Slavic relationships and cultural contacts of the new Bulgarianliterature. The interpretation offered here stands in contrast to this ideologically imposedforgetfulness and contraposes the necessity of a more active modern reception of B.Yotsov’s academic legacy which would transform it into a living one and justify the quality of Bulgarian academic tradition. Key words: Boris Yotsov, Slavic literatures, comparativistics, ideological doctrine

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This text aims at examining the identical plots of Cinderella in the fairy tale literary works of Božena Němcová and Angel Karaliychev. By drawing a parallel between the texts an attempt has been made to reveal the structure and functioning of the folklore fairy tale model with regard to the problem of ordeal in female fairy tales. The problem that stands out is being interpreted in the view of the issue of woman’s initiation, the semantics of which lies in the process of preparing the one who is being initiated for transition into society. This process includes heightened rituality and specific symbol apparatus, which is present in the Bulgarian as well as the Czech and Slovac version of the plot discussed. The approach used when interpretating the separate texts of the two authors includes analysys of dif
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The text examines Czech-Bulgarian relations in the second half of the 19th centuryin Brno as the city’s history has always been linked to the coexistence and interactionof various nationalities, which is considered quite normal. In the current multi-ethnicsociety in Brno Bulgarians have always played and continue to play a significant role.The study is devoted to Bulgarian students and Bulgarian gardeners who began arrivinghere since the end of the 19th century. Between the two World Wars Bulgarians in Brnowere the biggest Bulgarian minority in the Czech lands. Bulgarian student communitywas strongly present especially in the second half of the 30s of the past century. A considerable number of Bulgarians who met their wives on the Bulgarian Black Sea coastmoved to Brno in the 70s and 80s. During the 90s, immigrants were predominantly fromurban areas. The text examines the newest wave of Bulgarians in Brno, most of whom aregood professionals in the field of information technology. Another large group works inmanufacturing. The text also pays attention to the current organization of the Bulgariancommunity in Brno. Key words: Czech-Bulgarian contacts, Bulgarian Minority in Brno, Bulgarianminority organizations in Brno КУЛТУРНА ИСТОРИЯ

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