Beck, Josef

Born: Oct 04, 1894 AD
Died: 1944 AD, at 49 years of age.

Nationality: Polish
Categories: Diplomat

1894 - Born on the 4th of October in Warsaw, Poland.

1914 - Member of the clandestine Polish Military Organization founded in October by Pi³sudski.

1914-1917 - Served in the First Brigade of the Polish Legions, and was aide to Pi³sudski.

1926-1930 - Beck served as chief of staff to Poland's Minister of Military Affairs.

1930 - Vice Prime Minister and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.

1932 - He took office as Minister of Foreign Affairs, a post he was to hold until the outbreak of World War II.

1934 - In July, he concluded a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union, January a German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact.

1939 - Rejected German demands over the Free City of Danzig and for a German extraterritorial highway to run across Polish Pomorze to East Prussia.

         - Beck famously voiced his refusal of German demands in a speech on 5th of May.

1944 - Died in Stanesti, Romania on the 5th of June.

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