The monument of the three members of the workers’ youth union (Remsists)
The Workers’ Youth Union or RMC (pronounced remse) was a youth organization uniting the working young people in Bulgaria in the early 20thcentury. Its members were called remsists.
The monument of the Three Remsists in the neighborhood Badema was built in honor of Todorka Paunova, Ivan Raykov and Kancho Ivanov – young people, heroes, who sacrificed their lives in the name of their ideals. They died on April 8, 1943, besieged in a barn near Haskovo, under the bullets of the army and the police.
The monument of the Three Remsists is a vivid representative of the so-called totalitarian art (namely, socialist art or socialist realism) in Bulgaria. The images were gently molded by the sculptor Dimitar Alexiev. The memorial was inaguraged on November 6, 1974. The ceremony was attended by the closest relatives of the dead, the first secretary of the Communist Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party – Comrade Korzanov, the secretary of the DC of the Bulgarian Communist Party – Comrade Atanasov, chavdarches, pioneers and members of the Comsomol/the Young Communist League/. For the life and the exploits of the dead young people, spoke the comrade Ivanka Dimitrova – secretary of the MC of the Bulgarian Communist Party.
The idea of raising the Monument to the Three Remsists at that time was a call to the generations to be faithful to the people, the Party, and the Communist deed.