Jaroslav Krejčí

Jaroslav Krejčí (June 27, 1892, Konice, Margraviate of Moravia – May 18, 1956) was a Czech lawyer and Nazi collaborator. He served as Prime Minister of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia from September 28, 1941 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 on 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 September 28, 1941 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.

Wolf Gruner wrote that Krejčí "enthusiastically paid homage to Nazi rule".

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