Hlavné veliteľstvo Hlinkovej gardy

  • The Main Command of the Hlinka Guard
  • F-604
Language of Description
1938 - 1945
Level of Description
  • German
  • Slovak
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

15 linear meters, paper documents.


Biographical History

Hlinka Guard (Hlinkova garda, abbrev. HG) was a paramilitary organization of the Hlinka Slovak People´s Party (Hlinkova slovenská ľudová strana). It was created in Summer 1938 and it was built according to the Nazi model.Even though there was an attempt to establish it as an organization with the compulsory membership for all adult citizens (except Jews) in 1939, this idea was soon changed and the membership in Guard was voluntary. It became a platform for radical members of the Party. The Hlinka Guard´s command structure was quite specific.The Highest Commander of the HG was Jozef Tiso followed in the chain of command by the Main Commander of the Hlinka Guard, who was in fact the top organizational commander. During the years 1938-1945 there were three Main Commanders of the Hlinka Guard: Karol Sidor, Alexander Mach and František Galan. The longest serving Main Commander of the Hlinka Guard was Alexander Mach. The Main Command of the Hlinka Guard was the main organizational command of the Hlinka Guard. It was situated in Bratislava as the top tier command with jurisdiction over all regional, district and local commands of the Guard. The HG was under close supervision of Nazi Germany which establised its adviser for the matters of HG Viktor Nageler in Bratislava. The Chief of the Staff of the Main Command of the Hlinka Guard was Otomar Kubala. In September 1944, Kubala gained the competences of the Main Commander of the HG, At the same time, in regards to the attempts to liquidate the Slovak National Uprising, the Special Units of the Hlinka Guard (Pohotovostné oddiely Hlinkovej gardy, POHG), were created in Slovakia. The cooperated with the security forces of Nazi Germany which occupied Slovakia.

Archival History

No data o archival history available.


During the decades after the end of the Second World War the fonds of the Main Command of the Hlinka Guard was stored in the Archive of the Federal Ministry of Interior in Prague under the title F-604. It was delivered to the Slovak National Archives in Bratislava only in 1992.

Scope and Content

The fonds of the Main Command of the Hlinka Guard as the top tier command of this paramilitary organization contains registration documents of Hlinka Guardsmen from various districts, various lists of members of the Guard, decrees issued to the HG members. Besides that there are various orders issued by the Main Command of the Guard pertaining to different matters, including the persecution of Jews in Slovakia. The fonds contains situation reports of various commands and units, including Special Units of the Hlinka Guard (POHG). It also contains the list of aryanizers of Jewish property.


No data available.


No accruals expected.

System of Arrangement

No data available.

Conditions Governing Access


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Not damaged.

Finding Aids

  • Printed Finding Aid (Inventory) in the Researchers´ Room of the Slovak National Archive.

Existence and Location of Originals

  • Slovak National Archive.

Archivist Note

The fonds was identified and described by Ján Hlavinka.


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