Benes Edvard

Be·neš

 (bĕn′ĕsh′), Edvard 1884-1948.
Czechoslovakian politician who was foreign minister (1918-1935) and president (1935-1938) until the German occupation forced him to flee the country. On his return he was again elected president (1946) but resigned after refusing to sign a Communist constitution (1948).