Jaroslav Krejčí

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Not to be confused with Jaroslav Krejčí (sociologist).
Krejčí giving a speech in Tábor

Jaroslav Krejčí (June 27, 1892, Konice, Margraviate of Moravia – May 18, 1956) was a Czechoslovakian lawyer and politician. He served as Prime Minister of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia from January 19, 1942 to January 19, 1945.

After graduating from the Faculty of Law of Charles University in 1915 he worked in the civil service in various positions. During the 1930s he also lectured constitutional law at Masaryk University (from 1938 as professor).

From December 12, 1938, to March 3, 1939, he was minister of justice in Rudolf Beran's government of the Czechoslovak Second Republic and head of the Czechoslovak Constitutional Court. He served as minister of justice in all Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia governments and temporarily he was also minister of agriculture. From January 19, 1942, to January 19, 1945, he was prime minister, replacing Alois Eliáš, who had supported the underground resistance to Nazis and was executed. Krejčí was a close friend of president Emil Hácha. Krejčí and his government fully cooperated with the Germans. The most infamous member of his government was Emanuel Moravec, a symbol of Czech collaboration with the Nazis. After the war, Krejčí was sentenced to a 25-year prison term and subsequently died while in prison.

His son, Jaroslav Krejčí (1916–2014), was a Czech lawyer, sociologist, and professor at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.[1]

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Government offices
Preceded by
Alois Eliáš
Prime Minister of Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
1942–1945
Succeeded by
Richard Bienert