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The Law for protection of the nation (Bulgarian: Закон за защита на нацията — ЗЗН) was a Bulgarian law, effective from 23 January 1941 to 27 November 1944, which directed measures against Jews. This law was passed after the example of the Nuremberg Laws in the German Reich.

The law ordered measures for:

  • Changes in the names of the Jews
  • Rules about their place of residence
  • Deprivation of their possessions
  • Their exclusion of the public service
  • Prohibition of economic and professional activity

The citizens of Jewish origin were also banned from public areas, restricted economically; the marriages between Jews were prohibited.

This law suppressed all Freemasonry lodges and all another secret organizations.

The Law for protection of the nation, passed under direct influence from Nazi Germany, was vigorously opposed by notable Bulgarian intellectuals, and the public opposition to the deportation of the Bulgarian Jews to Nazi extermination camps ultimately resulted in its prevention.[1]


  1. "България само администрираше „новите земи“" (in Bulgarian). Демокрация. 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2007-03-28.