Ferenc Erdei

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Ferenc Erdei
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Minister of the Interior of Hungary
In office
21 December 1944 (officially 27 March 1945) – 15 November 1945
Preceded by Gábor Vajna
Succeeded by Imre Nagy
Personal details
Born (1910-12-24)24 December 1910
Makó Város Címere.JPG Makó, Hungary
Died 11 May 1971(1971-05-11) (aged 60)
Coat of arms of Budapest.png Budapest, Hungary
Political party National Peasant Party
Profession sociologist, politician
The native form of this personal name is Erdei Ferenc. This article uses the Western name order.

Ferenc Erdei (24 December 1910 – 11 May 1971) was a Hungarian politician, who served as Interior Minister in the unofficial interim government led by Béla Miklós. After the Soviet occupation of Hungary this cabinet took office officially, in March 1945. Under communist rule, Erdei served as minister of agriculture in 1949–53 and was responsible for the "attic sweepings" and other coercive happenings and atrocities in the villages. In July 1953 he was appointed minister of justice.

Erdei became a deputy prime minister during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, and as such was one of the leaders of the Hungarian delegation who negotiated abortively with the Soviets. In 3 November he was arrested together with Minister of Defence Pál Maléter, but after some weeks Erdei was released after an intervention by János Kádár.

In 1957 he became secretary-general of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He received a Kossuth Prize twice, in 1948 and 1962. He was also was secretary-general of the National Council of the Patriotic People's Front between 1964 and 1970.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gábor Vajna
Minister of the Interior
1944–1945
Succeeded by
Imre Nagy
Preceded by
István Csala
Minister of Agriculture
1949–1953
Succeeded by
András Hegedüs
Preceded by
Béla Kovács
Minister of Justice
1953–1954
Succeeded by
Erik Molnár
Preceded by
András Hegedüs
Minister of Agriculture
1954–1955
Succeeded by
János Matolcsi