Katerina Nurdzhieva

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Katerina Nurdzhieva
Born(1922-10-18)18 October 1922[1]
Gorna Dzhumaya, Bulgaria
Died12 October 2018(2018-10-12) (aged 95)
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
MovementNational Liberation War of Macedonia
AwardsHonorary citizen of the town Delchevo

Katerina Nurdzhieva (Macedonian: Катерина Трајкова Нурџиева Bulgarian: Катерина Трайкова Нурджиева 18 October 1922 – 12 October 2018) was a fighter in the Communist resistance in Vardar Macedonia and a Macedonian national activist. She was the secretary of Metodija Andonov-Cento. Her father was a first cousin of Goce Delchev leader of Internal Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization so Delchev is her first cousin once removed. She was an honorary citizen of the town Delčevo in the Republic of Macedonia that was named after her distant cousin.[2] She considered herself and is known for being a Macedonian.[3] but in Bulgaria she is considered a Bulgarian.[4]


Nurdzhieva was born in Gorna Dzhumaja (today Blagoevgrad) in Bulgaria in 1922.[5] She finished school in 1943 and was sent as Bulgarian teacher in Štip. Because she was involved in a Communist conspiracy, she was detained and imprisoned in Štip and then deported on the Aegean island of Thassos, then under Bulgarian control.[6]

In 1944, she participated in the battles for the liberation of Macedonia, with the Twelfth Macedonian Brigade "Goce Delchev". Afterwards she worked again as a teacher, and was later transferred to the Macedonian General Headquarters in Skopje. After a while she became Secretary of Metodija Andonov-Cento, by personal recommendation of Pavel Shatev.[7]

After the death of Andonov-Cento she was forced by the new Macedonian authorities to move back to Bulgaria, accused of being Bulgarian.[8] Nurdzhieva got married there and had two daughters. In 1972 her husband died while her daughters moved, one to Ruse and one to Razlog. In later life Nurdzhieva continued to live in Blagoevgrad. The Republic of Macedonia granted her a monthly pension. Because of her health problems she was treated in Macedonia.[citation needed] Nurdzhieva died in October 2018 at the age of 95.[9]


"To be loyal to Macedonia and to give everything of ourselves in the name we shall have our country ..."[10]

"In 1946 we wanted our rights. Now after all this years I am glad that justice has come. I am glad that I came to the city where I served with Cento. A former friend of my father was Pavel Shatev, with whom in 1944 I (had) found myself in the 12th Macedonian brigade"[11]

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  1. ^ Interview with the Macedonian hero Katerina
  2. ^ "Канал 5 Телевизија - Македонија". Kanal5.com.mk. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 2015-06-14 at the Wayback MachineDnevnik - Гоце ќе беше горд што се бореше за Македонија (in Macedonian); 2001 Shatevski, Ljupcho
  4. ^ Спекулиране с паметта на Гоце, Спас Ташев, в-к "Македония", брой 8, 25 февруари 1998 г.
  5. ^ "Dnevnik". Star.dnevnik.com.mk. Archived from the original on 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  6. ^ Македонски Сонце, 2003, броj 475, Интервjу, Катерина Трајкова - Нурџиева, секретарка на Методија Андонов - Ченто и внука на Делчев, Разговарал: Кокан Стоjчев.
  7. ^ Спас Ташев - „Спекулиране с паметта на Гоце“ (в-к „Македония“, брой 8, 25 февруари 1998 г.)
  8. ^ Спас Ташев - „Спекулиране с паметта на Гоце“ (в-к „Македония“, брой 8, 25 февруари 1998 г.)
  9. ^ Почина внучката на Гоце Делчев - Катерина Нурджиева
  10. ^ 103 години од смртта на Гоце Делчев
  11. ^ Сведоштвото на внуката на Гоце Делчев