Josip Broz Tito

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Josip Broz Tito
Josip Broz Tito
2nd President of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia
In office
January 14, 1953 – May 4, 1980
Preceded by Ivan Ribar
Succeeded by Lazar Koliševski
1st Prime Minister of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
In office
November 29, 1945 – January 14, 1953
Succeeded by Petar Stambolić
1st Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement
In office
September 1, 1961 – October 10, 1964
Succeeded by Gamal Abdel Nasser
Personal details
Born May 25, 1892(1892-05-25)
Kumrovec, Croatia, Austria-Hungary
Died May 4, 1980(1980-05-04) (aged 87)
Ljubljana, Slovenia, Yugoslavia
Political party League of Communists of Yugoslavia
Spouse(s) Pelagija Broz (married and divorced)
Jovanka Broz (married)

Josip Broz, nicknamed Tito, (May 25, 1892 – May 4, 1980) was the leader of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, from 1945 until his death.[1][2] From 1945 to 1953 he was Prime Minister, and from 1953 to 1980 he was the President. His funeral on May 4, 1980, was the largest state funeral in the world.[3] Tito was a controversial person, with people having strong and different views about his leadership.

Early life[change | change source]

Tito was born in Komrovec, Croatia, where his parents had a small farm.[4] He went to the village elementary school until 1905. In 1907 he was machinist's apprentice in Sisak. In 1910 he joined the union of workers and social-democratic party of Croatia and Slavonia. In 1913 he entered the Austro–Hungarian Army and later was imprisoned for anti war propaganda. During World War I he was wounded, captured, then imprisoned by Russians.[4] After being set free he joined he became active in the bolshevik movement. After October Revolution, he joined Red Guards (Russia). In 1920 Tito came back to new nation Yugoslavia and joined Communist party. This was later renamed Yugoslav Communist League in 1952. Tito was the leader of the Communist party from 1937 until his death. In 1921 the Yugoslav communist party was banned. Tito was imprisoned from 1928 until 1933 for being a communist.[4] In 1934 he went back to Soviet Union and he was involved as secret agent in NKVD.

Military chief[change | change source]

In 1937 Broz came back to Yugoslavia and during World War II he, total supported by Anglo-Americans and Soviet armies, organized People's Liberation Army against the Axis powers and in civil war against Yugoslav Army in the Fatherland, Serbian State Guards, Croatian Home Guard, Slovene Home Guard. In 1945, Broz ordered the end of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and created the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia with six republics: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, and two autonomous provinces in Serbia: Vojvodina in the north, and Kosovo, next to Albania.

Dictator[change | change source]

Tito with communist dictatorship, dramatically supported by spy ring OZNA and political police UDBA, ruled Yugoslav Republic from 1945 to 1980: he banned monarchy and all democrat parties.[5]He with other political personalities started Non-Aligned Movement. When he died the political situation was controlled by other chiefs of communist party. Later situation led to the break up of this Balkan country, and wars in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Slovenia during the 1990s.

Death[change | change source]

On 7 January and again on 11 January 1980, Tito was admitted to the Medical Centre in Ljubljana, the capital city of the SR Slovenia, with circulation problems in his legs. His left leg was amputated soon afterward due to arterial blockages and he died of gangrene at the Medical Centre Ljubljana on 4 May 1980 at 3:05 pm, three days short of his 88th birthday. His funeral drew many world statesmen.[6]

Historical criticism[change | change source]

I am told that Tito murdered more than 400 000 of the opposition in Yugoslavia before he got himself firmly established there as a dictator


Accusations of culpability are related with crimes perpetrated during WW II and during repression by Broz Tito's communist Yugoslav Republic command such as massacres of Foibe and Kočevski Rog butchery.[8][9][10][11]Mass graves are evidences of massacres;[12][13]accusations of genocide and ethnic cleansing by historians.[14][15]Accusations of culpability in the Bleiburg massacre, the repression of Croatia Catholic's Church, and the crackdown on the Croatian Spring or MASPOK.[16] Accusation of Vojvodina massacre consists in retaliation against Germans and Hungarians citizen and supposed Chetnik Serbs but some historians consider these incidents also ethnic cleansing against Germans and Hungarians because during World War II, the German minority in occupied Yugoslavia enjoyed a status of superiority over the Yugoslav population.[17] The AVNOJ Presidium issued a decree that ordered the government confiscation of all property of Nazi Germany and its citizens in Yugoslavia, persons of German nationality (regardless of citizenship), and collaborators. The decision acquired the force of law on February 6, 1945.[18]Other accusation of crimes committed against children.[19][20]

Broz Tito's repression involved many dictator's old friends such as Milovan Dilas and Vladimir Dedijer who both were imprisoned but later wrote several books with gross accusations against him;[21]criticismn heaped on Broz Tito's lustful lifestyle: by 1974 he had 32 official residences, one of the ten richest men in the Balkans, a communist who lived like a king.[22]Broz Tito constructed huge personality cult around him.[23]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Josip Broz Tito". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/597295/Josip-Broz-Tito. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  2. encyclopedia
  3. Vidmar, Josip; Rajko Bobot, Miodrag Vartabedijan, Branibor Debeljaković, Živojin Janković, Ksenija Dolinar (1981). Josip Broz Tito – Ilustrirani življenjepis. Jugoslovenska revija. p. 166.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Marshal Tito Biography". notablebiographies.com. 2013. http://www.notablebiographies.com/St-Tr/Tito-Marshal.html. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  5. "TITO: YUGOSLAVIA'S GREAT DICTATOR, A REASSESSM (9780814206010): STEVAN K. PAVLOWITCH: Books". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/TITO-YUGOSLAVIAS-GREAT-DICTATOR-REASSESSM/dp/0814206018. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  6. Jimmy Carter (4 May 1980). "Josip Broz Tito Statement on the Death of the President of Yugoslavia". http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=33364. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  7. excerpt from the book Keeping Tito Afloat by Lorraine M. Lees)
  8. European Public Hearing on “Crimes Committed by Totalitarian Regimes" page 156 <<Most of the mass killings were carried out from May to July 1945; among the victims were mostly the “returned” (or “home-captured”) Home guards and prisoners from other Yugoslav provinces. In the following months, up to January 1946 when the Constitution of the Federative People’s Republic of Yugoslavia was passed and OZNA had to hand the camps over to the organs of the Ministry of the Interior, those killings were followed by mass killing of Germans, Italians and Slovenes suspected of collaborationism and anti-communism. Individual secret killings were carried out at later dates as well. The decision to “annihilate” opponents must had been adopted in the closest circles of Yugoslav state leadership, and the order was certainly issued by the Supreme Commander of the Yugoslav Army Josip Broz - Tito, although it is not known when or in what form.>>
  9. Book and article about Kocevje extermination
  10. in Black Book of Communism, read in chapter Comintern on action
  11. South Slav journal
  12. Article
  13. linked dossier
  14. Scenes from the Balkan Wars of Christopher Merrill
  15. The bloodiest Yugoslav spring, 1945 Tito's Katyns and Gulags of Bor. M. Karapandžić
  16. Rough guide to Croatia of Jonathan Bousfield
  17. Michael Portmann, Communist Retaliation and Persecution on Yugoslav Territory During and After WWII (1943–50)
  18. Tomasevich 1969, p. 115, 337.
  19. book's chapter8
  20. whole book
  21. N. Y. Times article
  22. N. Y. Times articles
  23. read note number 11

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Carter, April. Marshal Tito: A Bibliography Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1989 (hardcover, ISBN 0-313-28087-8)
  • Dedijer, Vladimir. Tito. New York: Arno Press, 1980 ISBN 0-405-04565-4
  • Đilas, Milovan. Tito: The Story from Inside. London: Phoenix Press, 2001 (new paperback ed., ISBN 1-84212-047-6)

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