Sándor Garbai

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Sándor Garbai
Garbai Sándor (1919) (cropped).jpg
Sándor Garbai on the 19 March 1919
Chairman of the Hungarian Central Executive Council
In office
21 March 1919 – 1 August 1919
Preceded byMihály Károlyi
Succeeded byGyula Peidl
22nd Prime Minister of Hungary
In office
21 March 1919 – 1 August 1919
Preceded byDénes Berinkey
Succeeded byGyula Peidl
Personal details
Born(1879-03-27)27 March 1879
Kiskunhalas, Austria-Hungary
Died7 November 1947(1947-11-07) (aged 68)
Paris, France
NationalityHungarian
Political partyHungarian Social Democratic Party
Hungarian Socialist Party
Hungarian Socialist and Communist Party
Spouse(s)Zsófia Pötördi
Professionpolitician

Sándor Garbai (27 March 1879 – 7 November 1947) was a Hungarian socialist politician.

Political career[edit]

He came to power as both prime minister and president in March 1919 in alliance with the Communists, and proclaimed a Soviet Republic. Although Garbai remained titular head of the Hungarian Soviet Republic for the better part of its reign, he held little power or influence. The de facto leader of the state was Communist foreign minister Béla Kun.

Bust of Garbai

Mátyás Rákosi later joked that the revolution's Jewish leaders took the gentile Garbai in so that they would have somebody to sign the death sentences on Shabbat.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jerry Z. Muller, Capitalism and the Jews, Princeton University Press, 2010, page 153
Political offices
Preceded by
Mihály Károlyi
as Provisional President
Chairman of the Hungarian Central Executive Council
1919
Succeeded by
Gyula Peidl
as Prime Minister
Preceded by
Dénes Berinkey
as Prime Minister
Preceded by
József Pogány
Minister of Religion and Education
1919
Succeeded by
Sándor Imre