Georgi Nikolov “Gotse” Delchev (1872-1903);
Born on 23 January 1872 in Kilkis (Kukush), present day Greece, Delchev graduated from the local Bulgarian junior high school and the Bulgarian men’s high school “St Cyril and Methodius” in Thessaloniki. He entered the military school in Sofia in 1891, but in 1894, a month before the graduation, he was expelled because his political activity as a member of illegal socialist circle.
In 1894, Delchev became a Bulgarian language teacher in a Bulgarian exarchate school in Stip where he met Dame Gruev, the leader of the local committee of BMARC (Bulgarian Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Committees). As a result of the close friendship between the two, Delchev joined the organization in 1895 and before long, became one of its main leaders.
Delchev died on May 4, 1903 in a skirmish with the Turkish police near the village of Banitza, located in the Serres region, present day Greece, probably after betrayal by local villagers, as rumours asserted, while preparing the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising.
4 May 2009 | 00:19 | FOCUS News Agency