Edvard Kardelj

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Edvard Kardelj (1949)

Edvard Kardelj (born January 27, 1910 in Ljubljana ; † February 10, 1979 ibid) was a Yugoslav communist politician from Slovenia and one of the leading politicians in the 1950s and 1960s.


Kardelj first worked as a teacher and joined the Communist Party of Yugoslavia in the 1930s . In 1940 he became a member of the Politburo and went underground during the war. In April 1941 Kardelj was a co-founder of the Anti-Imperialist Front , the resistance movement of the Slovenes against the German, Italian and Hungarian occupiers. Kardelj helped ensure that the Slovenian Liberation Front entered into an alliance with Tito's partisan movement in the summer of the same year . B. next to Milovan Đilas to the innermost circle of the resistance movement. He became a member of Tito's interim government and held the position of Vice Prime Minister.

As one of the leading figures, it was thanks to him, among other things, that Yugoslavia was able to break away from the USSR in 1945 and develop its own political line. From 1948 to 1953 he was Yugoslav Foreign Minister and held other high positions in politics, e.g. B. he was Parliamentary President from 1963 to 1967.

For a long time Edvard Kardelj was traded as the likely successor of Tito, especially in western countries. His untimely death a year before Tito's death put an end to such speculation.

1950–1954 and 1980–1990 the Croatian port town of Ploče was named in his honor Kardeljevo.


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