Vassil Levski
1837 - 1873

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Vassil Levski
Vassil had got the nickname Levski during his service in the First Bulgarian legion organized by Rakovski (at left)  in 1862 in Belgrad.  "Levski" in 19-century Bulgarian means "like a lion".  One day during a training, the young legionnaires were jumping over a deep ditch.  Like a lion, Vassil had jumped the farthest.  Rakosvski exclaimed, "That is a Levskii jump!" 

     Since that day everyone has called him Vassil Levskii. 

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