Boris Kidrič

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Boris Kidrič
Boris Kidrič (1).jpg
Prime Minister of Slovenia
In office
5 May 1945 – June 1946
President Josip Vidmar
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Miha Marinko
Personal details
Born 10 April 1912
Vienna, Austria
Died 11 April 1953(1953-04-11) (aged 41)
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Political party League of Communists

Boris Kidrič (10 April 1912 – 11 April 1953) was one of the chief organizers of Slovene Partisans, the Slovene resistance against occupation by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy after the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941. He became the de facto leader of the Liberation Front of the Slovenian People. As such, he had a crucial role in the anti-Fascist liberation struggle in Slovenia between 1941 and 1945. After the World War II he was together with Edvard Kardelj a leading Slovenian politician in Titoist Yugoslavia.

Life[edit]

Kidrič was born in Vienna, then capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as the son of the prominent Slovene liberal literary critic France Kidrič. In 1953, he died of leukemia in Belgrade.

Political career[edit]

In the early 1930s, Kidrič was persuaded by the communist publicist Vlado Kozak to join the Communist Party of Yugoslavia. He soon rose to high political posts in the Drava Banovina and was among the founders of the autonomous Communist Party of Slovenia in 1937. Besides Milovan Đilas and Ivan Milutinović, Kidrič was one of the major exponents of the policy of Leftist errors.[1]

After the end of World War II, the Slovenian National Liberation Council appointed him as the first president of the Slovenian socialist government. He became a member of the Yugoslav Politburo in 1948, and was in charge of the Yugoslav economy from 1946 until his death.

Honours and awards[edit]

He was awarded the Order of the People's Hero, Order of the Hero of Socialist Labour, Order of the People's Liberation and the Commemorative Medal of the Partisans of 1941. The National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana was named after him and until 1990 the main award for scientific achievements in Slovenia was called "Kidrič Prize".

Among the foreign decorations were the Soviet Union's Order of Kutuzov, 2nd class, the Hungarian Order of the Republic, the Bulgarian Order of the People's Freedom and the Polish Partisan Cross. After his death, the eastern Slovenian industrial town of Strnišče was renamed Kidričevo in his honour. In 1959, a large monument was erected in his honour in front of the Slovenian Government Office in Ljubljana, where it still stands despite some protests by anti-Communist groups and victims of Communist persecution. The Institute for Physics, near Belgrade, was renamed in his honour.[2]

Political offices
Preceded by
Minister for Slovenia
Edvard Kocbek
Prime Minister of Slovenia
May 5, 1945–June 1, 1946
Succeeded by
Miha Marinko

References[edit]

  1. ^ Banac 1988, pp. 82, 83.
  2. ^ "Vinca Special Weapons Facilities - Serbia". Retrieved 2011-01-02.