BULGARIA: Boris III (1918-43)

Behind the grey walls of Sofia's grey palace, death came suddenly to Boris III, King and Dictator of Bulgaria. His 25-year reign had begun in war and chaos. It closed in war and chaos.

Premier Bogdan Filoff broadcast tersely to the people: "Our beloved King died after a brief illness." Rumor, unconfirmed but persistent, added varying details:

> That Boris had been assassinated by Bulgaria's underground. Sofia radio tagged the tale as "grotesque and fantastic."

> That Boris had returned in broken health from a stormy visit with Adolf Hitler. Sofia and Berlin denied there had been a visit. But no one...

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