Watched by a crowd of 30,000, three Communists who blew up Sveta Nedelia Cathedral in Sofia, killing 170 people, were publicly hanged on Wednesday, May 27th, 1925, under Mount Vitoen outside Sofia. Marko Friedmann, George Koeff and a man known only as Zadgorsky had dedicated themselves to overthrowing the “old regime” of Tsar Boris.

They were hanged on three separate gallows, each with its own hangman, a dark gypsy. They were read a list of their crimes and the names of their victims – a process which took 40 minutes for each of them.