The Minister of Culture, Krstu Krastev, expresses condolences to Angel Wagenstein’s family on the occasion of his death. Born on October 17, 1922, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, he passed away today, on June 29, 2023.
Delivering condolences to Wagenstein’s family, Krastev wrote, “A prominent screenwriter, writer, director, intellectual, one of our pillars of spirit, holder of a number of prestigious Bulgarian and foreign honours, Angel Wagenstein is among emblematic names in the cultural and public life of Bulgaria“.
He added, “I believe that his efforts and merits for the development of our country and the relentlessly upholds it at all times values, such as freedom, enlightenment and dignity in art and life, the right to love, hope and tolerance among all people, places Angel Wagenstein among our contemporary awakeners.
The author Angel Wagenstein carried with him an atmosphere of wisdom and viewed his art with responsibility for his critical human mission.
The famous Bulgarian director, screenwriter, writer and publicist Angel Wagenstein was born on October 17, 1922. The creator is on the scripts of 52 feature, documentaries and animation films produced in nine countries. He authorises plays for adults and children set in Bulgaria and abroad. He has written seven books, published in Germany, Russia, France, the Czech Republic, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Spain, Poland, Italy, and Israel.
The novels from the trilogy “Petoknizhie Isaacovo”, “Far from Toledo” and “Goodbye Shanghai”, dedicated to the fate of European Jews during World War II, have been awarded national and international awards, including the European Jean Monet Literature Prize and the annual Literary Awards of the Union of Bulgarian Writers, the Sorbonata and UNESCO.
Angel Wagenstein is the winner of many prestigious awards, including the “Golden Age – Necklace” of the Ministry of Culture and the state award “St. Paisiy Hilendarski”.
Angel Wagenstein’s family reported that the funeral will take place in the closest family circle. The worship will take place in the Sofia synagogue on the thirtieth day of the death, as commanded by Jewish tradition.