International: Places & Things

The men who run Bulgaria were busily engaged in a favorite Communist pastime last week. They were renaming places & things after the Revolution's Red saints.

Highest honors went to Georgi Dimitrov, famed hero of the Reichstag fire trial who died in a Soviet sanatorium last July, to Vasil Kolarov, who succeeded Dimitrov as Bulgarian Premier only to die six months later, and, inevitably, to the living god Joseph Stalin. Some samples: Kostenec summer resort, the Kapinka village dam, Small Mus-Allah mountain peak, Longos State Farm, the Vurbitsa State Forest Station, and Sofia's Physical Culture High School were renamed for Dimitrov.

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