02.03.

1946: Communists Execute Hungarian Nazi Count

1946: Communists Execute Hungarian Nazi Count
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Grof Fidel Pálffy de Erdőd established the Gungarian national-socialist party in 1933, the same year when Hitler came to power in Germany.

 

On this day the communists executed one of the foremost supporters of nazism in Hungary, count Fidel Pálffy de Erdőd, by hanging. The count was a member of one of the most esteemed noble families in Hungarian history. Namely, that family produced several Hungarian palatines and a series of other dignitaries, field marshals etc. The oldest male member of the family bore the title of prince, while the others were counts.

 

Fidel Pálffy founded the Hungarian national-socialist party in 1933, the same year when Hitler came to power in Germany. Hungary was an ally of Hitler during World War II, but was ruled by Admiral Miklos Horthy, who was more moderate in comparison to the Nazis.

 

Hitler eventually removed Horthy, allowing more radical right-wingers to come to power. It is interesting that the SS at first considered count Fidel Pálffy as a candidate for the Hungarian leader, but later allowed the Arrow Cross Party to take power. That party was led by Ferenc Szálasi, who appointed Count Pálffy the Minister of Agriculture in the new government. After the war, the communists sentenced him to hanging as a collaborator. As mentioned, the execution was performed on this day in Budapest.

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