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Old 06-17-2003, 06:33 PM   #1
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Gold Star "Hero Of Socialist Labour".

I thought people might be interested to see a republican HSL medal. I purchased this one from NB tonight. Does anyone have, or has seen any other republican variations on this medal?

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Old 06-17-2003, 07:14 PM   #2
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Shane,

Here's one of my HSL sets from Bulgaria. As you can see - the Gold Star is of later emission - it weights more than the one you have, it's really heavy; it's also more shiny.

This one if complete and fully documented group awarded in the 1980's - with HSL Star, Dimitrov Order, miniature of Dimitrov Order and Award Book with both awards filled in.

HSL title was established on June 15, 1948, cancelled in November 1990.

As you see - the Bulgarians copied the Big Brother - the Soviet Union in the design of their top titles. However, Bulgarian awards are scarce.

Overall - HSL Star is rare award - only 1,718 were ever awarded.

The piece that you have is 2nd or 3rd emission (1960-1970's), mine is the latest emission. The differences are:
- weight,
- shiny observe,
- matte reverse.

Dimitrov order - 4,518 awarded.

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Old 06-18-2003, 12:09 PM   #3
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I believe it's normal custom to award the HSU and HSL medals with a Lenin and a large and small certificates. It's interesting that they awarded a Dimitrov order instead of a Lenin one. Until today I'd never see a Dimitrov order.

You said there was a difference in the weight of the HSL between the older and newer versions. Is the older version lighter? Is it still made of 95/100 gold as the HSL medals are?

Thanks for the info.

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Old 06-18-2003, 12:15 PM   #4
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Shane,

I think you miss-understood him...

Bulgarian HSL came with Order of Dimitrov.
Soviet HSL came with Order of Lenin.

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Old 06-18-2003, 12:28 PM   #5
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Rusty, I understood what New World was saying, I just found it interesting that the Bulgarian government awarded this Dimitrov order instead of a Lenin one when they awarded the HSL medals.

I've no idea, I'm afraid, who Dimitrov actually is, but I dare say someone will enlighten me. I wonder what other HSL variations there are? Did any of the other soviet republics issue their own varations? Is there a Ukrainian variation for instance?

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Old 06-18-2003, 12:39 PM   #6
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Here's a bit of history:

GEORGI DIMITROV is one of the few Bulgarians who is included in world encyclopedias. Though subject to much dispute, there is little doubt about the strength of his influence on Bulgaria's modern history. He and the communist rulers that succeeded him were caught in the despotic grip of Stalin's Asiatic regime. The power of that regime was imposed on Bulgaria after World War II, under Georgi Dimitrov's direction.

Born in 1882 in the village of Kovachevtsi near Pernik, Dimitrov was drawn into the revolutionary movement at a young age. He lived in time of turmoil when one could swiftly find his way to the top in the vortex of violent social struggles and political commotion. In September 1923 he was among the leaders of the uprising organized by the Bulgarian Communist Party. Defeat of the revolt forced him to emigrate, and during his years abroad Dimitrov gradually established himself as a leading figure in the communist party's leadership in exile.

The Leipzig fire trial of 1933 was a defining moment in his life and career. Accused of having set the Reichstag on fire, he defended himself brilliantly, and the imperial court was compelled to acquit him. Dimitrov displayed remarkable political courage in what came to be known by many as the trial of the century, and he won world-wide recognition.

His global fame brought Dimitrov the office of general secretary of the Third Communist International with headquarters in Moscow. He soon developed the self-confidence of a leader of international magnitude. His report at the Seventh Congress of the Comintern in 1935 outlined his ideas for the struggle against fascism. In the years of World War II he headed the bureau of the communist party in Moscow and from there directed the communist armed struggle in Bulgaria.

In 1946 the Grand National Assembly elected Georgi Dimitrov prime minister. As he also held the post of general secretary of the Bulgarian Communist Party, he was in a position of unlimited power. Georgi Dimitrov in one fell swoop imposed socialism on Bulgaria a process which had been going on for decades in the Soviet Union under Stalin's leadership.

Prime Minister Dimitrov was a Stalin-style party leader who imposed the Communist Party as the single ruling power in the country, eliminated the bourgeois opposition from political life and crushed ideological resistance by means of staged trials and political oppression and executions.

This unmistakably Stalinist political course had much to do with the international balance of forces. It had been agreed between the states that had won the war the Soviet Union, Britain and the United States - that Moscow would be in control in Bulgaria. Once again Bulgaria's future was in the hands of a Foreign power.

Georgi Dimitrov applied the Soviet approach in destroying the old state system and building a new one according to communist rules. He designed the land collectivization and the nationalization of large industrial enterprises and banks. The state seized all private proper by and took total control of the country's economic system. As a result of these profound transformations the participants in the production process became disinterested and undermined the very foundations of Bulgarian economy. The forcible creation of cooperatives alienated the peasantry from the land.

The republican programme of the communist party and Dimitrov's personal hatred for the crown made any compromise with the monarchy impossible. He was the driving force behind the referendum which resulted in the adoption of a new republican constitution in 1947

Georgi Dimitrov made certain efforts to adapt the Soviet experience to Bulgarian conditions. At the Fifth Congress of the Bulgarian Communist Party in 1948 he outlined the fundamental concepts of Bulgaria's future development, which according to him, was supposed to bring about the victory of the socialist revolution and a people's democracy as a form of working class domination in the state system. The results of the application of these ideas in government are much disputed, but had little to do with true democracy. Four decades later the whole system collapsed.

Georgi Dimitrov's foreign policy was marked by his conviction that Bulgaria was to follow the Soviet line. The blind obedience to Moscow's orders eventually prevented the formation of a federation in the Balkans. To the end of his life Georgi Dimitrov failed to divest himself of the shadow of Stalin who ordered him to bring the party's former executive secretary, Traicho Kostov, to trial and have him sentenced to death. Dimitrov died in the summer of 1949 in a sanatorium near Moscow.
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Old 06-18-2003, 12:52 PM   #7
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Rusty,

Well said!

Dimitrov is probably the most famous Bulgarian ever.

William

Shane,

By reading your posts - I think you have misconception that Bulgaria was one of the Republics of the Soviet Union.

In fact - Bulgaria was independnt state.

Historically Bulgaria had strong ties with Russia - as Russians liberated Bulgaria from Turkish Empire in 19th century and then again in 1944.

The ties were so close that Bulgaria was often unofficially called the 16th Republic (in addition to 15 Soviet republics).

Some of the Bulgarian awards were designed after Russian ones.

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William,

Sorry, but those aren't my words :(

Credit goes to a book called: Rulers of Bulgaria

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Old 06-18-2003, 06:07 PM   #9
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Shane,

I am not sure I understand, why would a Bulgarian HSL come with Soviet Order of Lenin. Bulgaria was an independent State and had it's own system of awards.

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I believe it's normal custom to award the HSU and HSL medals with a Lenin and a large and small certificates. It's interesting that they awarded a Dimitrov order instead of a Lenin one. Until today I'd never see a Dimitrov order.

You said there was a difference in the weight of the HSL between the older and newer versions. Is the older version lighter? Is it still made of 95/100 gold as the HSL medals are?

Thanks for the info.

Kind Regards,
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Old 06-19-2003, 01:24 AM   #10
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New World,

You're correct, I though Bulgaria was one of the Soviet republics, like the Ukraine, for instance. This is why I though they would be issueing a Lenin along with the HSL medal. The hammer and sickle, are symbols of the former USSR. The Bulgarian HSL has this shown on the front, which backed up my thinking.

Anyway, now I understand where I'm going wrong. I guess they were therefore part of the communist block, but not part of the former USSR. Where they any other countries like this in the communist block?

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