Boris Iotsov

Picture of Boris Iotsov

Date of Birth: 02/21/1894

Age: 50

Place of birth: Vratsa

Citizenship: Bulgaria


He graduated from the History and Philology (studied in 1913-1916, majored in Slavic philology, received a diploma of two years after this iz-za the First World War) and legal (studied in 1918-1920) Department of Sofia University. In 1923-1925, he specialized in the field of Slavonic Studies in Prague (doctorate on "Otakar wet and Polish literature" in the University of Prague in 1925), in 1926-1927 - in Warsaw and Vienna.

Slavic philologist

In 1920-1923 he taught at the school. Since 1926 - assistant, since 1929 - Associate Professor, since 1935 - professor, in 1935-1944 - Head of the Bulgarian and Slavic literature, 1935-1936 - Dean of History and Philology at Sofia University. He has lectured on the history of Bulgarian, Czechoslovakian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian, Russian, Sorbian-Sorbian literature. In May 1936 - September 1937 - Director of the National Theatre in Sofia.

Corresponding member of the Slavic Institute in Prague, the Slovak Scientific Society named after P. J. Safarik in Bratislava (now the Slovak Academy of Sciences), the Czech Scientific Society in Prague. Honorary Member of the Czechoslovak-Bulgarian community in Prague, the Sorbian-Sorbian community in Prague, the Society of Russian writers and publitsistovv Bulgaria.

A specialist in the history of the Bulgarian Revival, modern and contemporary Bulgarian literature, Slavic literature, relations between Bulgaria and the Slavic world. Author of several books, as well as numerous studies on the history of Bulgarian culture and socio-political life, published in "Goldenhorn" magazines and "Father Paisii".


In 1940-1942 years - chief secretary of the Ministry of Education (the Minister Bohdan Filov). On April 11, 1942 to June 1, 1944 - Minister of Education in the government of Bogdan Filov and Dobri Bozhilova. In 1944 was a member of the so-called "opposition five" ministers who were in favor of the adoption of the Soviet Union demands to resume the activity of the Soviet Consulate in Varna and the opening of new ones - in Rousse and Bourgas. After the government`s refusal to accept these demands (at the insistence of Germany) members of the "five" have resigned, which led to a government crisis and the formation of the new cabinet of Ivan Bagryanova.

After the coup of September 9, 1944 and the coming to power of the pro-Soviet forces was arrested. Sentenced by the so-called people`s court to death and shot 1 February 1945 (sentence quashed by the Supreme Court of Bulgaria in 1996).