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Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:22 AM

 

Jovanka Broz, Marshal Tito's widow, First Lady of Yugoslavia, dies aged 88

Source: DNA India

Jovanka Broz, who spent three decades as Yugoslavia's First Lady but was left stateless and forgotten as war shattered the socialist federation built by her husband 'Tito', died on Sunday in a Belgrade hospital. State television RTS said Broz had died of cardiac arrest.

She was 88 and had lived largely in isolation since the death of Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito in 1980, squirreled away in a crumbling state-owned villa in the Serbian capital without a passport or ID. Born in Croatia, Broz became a nurse with Tito's Partisan fighters in World War Two, then his personal secretary and finally his third wife in 1952. Tito was 32 years her senior, and presided over a federation of 22 million people balanced between Cold War East and West.

Unlike the grey, staid Communist leaders of the Soviet bloc, Tito and his wife revelled in ostentation and glamour. Dead three days short of his 88th birthday, Tito's funeral gathered heads of state and dignitaries from across the Cold War divide, including Britain's Margaret Thatcher and ailing Soviet president Leonid Brezhnev. His wife had already been removed from the public eye in the late 1970s, as the party elite had grown increasingly suspicious of her influence over the elderly president.

Soon after Tito's funeral, authorities confiscated all property and personal belongings of the couple and placed Broz under virtual house arrest in a dilapidated government-owned villa in Belgrade's hilltop Dedinje district. With Tito gone and the Cold War over, his widow looked on as nationalist tensions tore apart Yugoslavia in the 1990s, spawning seven new states during a decade of war and ethnic cleansing that killed more than 125,000 people.

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Reply Jovanka Broz, Marshal Tito's widow, First Lady of Yugoslavia, dies aged 88 (Original post)
Cooley Hurd Oct 2013 OP
Javaman Oct 2013 #1
Cooley Hurd Oct 2013 #2
DURHAM D Oct 2013 #3
Stainless Oct 2013 #4
JI7 Oct 2013 #5
Hekate Oct 2013 #6
Rhiannon12866 Oct 2013 #7

Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:36 AM

1. Tito and his wife made the soviets look like capitalistic pigs.

they were evil evil people.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:40 AM

2. Yep - I didn't offer my usual "cross gently" wish for her...

 

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:42 AM

3. Thanks for posting.

It reminded me that President Carter received criticism for not attending Tito's funeral. He was labeled "muddled".

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=19800507&id=ofhVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3OEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5017,1861186

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 01:21 PM

4. Marshall Tito's Partisan's......

Marshall Tito's Partisan's smuggled my dad's aircrew from German controlled Yugoslavia in December of 1944. Many American flyers were able to avoid German POW camps due to the efforts of Yugoslav Partisan's.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 07:38 PM

5. read she was just a teenager when she joined to oppose the nazis

it's horrible how she was treated after her tito's death

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2013, 01:33 AM

6. End of an era. Josip Broz Tito was part of the scary old Soviet Regime...

... a name to conjure with. I didn't even know he left a widow, much less one imprisoned in a crumbling villa with no heat in the winter and a leaking roof.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2013, 05:55 AM

7. End of a very sad story, thanks for posting

Can't help feeling sorry for her, forgotten and alone.

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