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Jozef Tiso
Tiso
Historical Figure
Nationality: Czechoslovakia (briefly Slovakia)
Date of Birth: 1887
Date of Death: 1947
Cause of Death: Execution by hanging
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Cleric, Politician
Political Party: Slovak People's Party
Turtledove Appearances:
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Hitler's War;
West and East;
Coup d'Etat;
Last Orders
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Jozef Tiso (13 October 1887 - 18 April 1947) was a Slovak politician and Catholic priest who rose to the Presidency of the Slovak Republic, a German puppet state established from the eastern half of occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II. Intially, Tiso was resistent to the idea of an independent Slovakia, but ultimately bowed to German pressure in early 1939, lest the region be annexed by Hungary under German supervision. Tiso was captured after the war, and executed as a war criminal.

Jozef Tiso in The War That Came Early Edit

Jozef Tiso had succeeded Andrej Hlinka as leader of the Slovak People's Party in 1938, concurrent with Germany's invasion of Czechoslovakia in October 1938.[1] Tiso and his fellow nationalists were quite happy to become German puppets when the Slovak Republic was created after Czechoslovakia's fall. Tiso became the head of state of the puppet republic.[2]

As Germany was responsible for Tiso's position, Tiso provided Slovakian troops for Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union during 1940 and 1941.[3]

When the Committee for the Salvation of the German Nation overthrew the Nazis in April 1944, they nonetheless insisted on keeping Bohemia and Moravia under German rule, and that Slovakia would remain an independent country.[4] The Allies, in no position to force the reconstitution of Czechoslovakia, agreed to the demand, and Tiso remained in power.[5]

Jozef Tiso in Joe Steele Edit

After Hitler invaded and partitioned Czechoslovakia, he set up an "independent" Slovakia governed by a group of homegrown Fascists headed by a priest.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hitler's War, pg. 23.
  2. West and East, pg. 173
  3. Coup d'Etat, pg. 15, HC.
  4. Last Orders, pgs. 319-320, tpb.
  5. Ibid., pg. 342.
  6. Joe Steele, pg. 205, HC.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Office Created
President of the First Slovak Republic
1939-1945
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Office Created
Prime Minister of the First Slovak Republic
1939
Succeeded by
Vojtech Tuka
Political offices
(The War That Came Early)
Preceded by
Office Created
President of Slovak Republic
Fall 1938-19??
Succeeded by
Incumbent at series' end, 1944

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