Mihály Farkas

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The native form of this personal name is Farkas Mihály. This article uses the Western name order.
Mihály Farkas (middle) with Sándor Rónai

Mihály Farkas (born Hermann Lőwy; 18 July 1904, Abaújszántó – 6 December 1965, Budapest) was a Hungarian Jewish Communist politician.

From the 1930s he had been a Communist. He lived in Košice and Prague then. He fought in the Spanish Civil War; later he moved to the Soviet Union. He returned to Hungary in late 1944, and became a member of the Central Committee, the Political Committee and the Secretariat of the Hungarian Communist Party from May 1945. In 1945 he became under-secretary of Home Affairs. In 1946 he was elected deputy secretary and became the chairman of the party's Management Committee.[citation needed]

He was Minister of National Defence between 9 September 1948 and 2 July 1953. He was one of the main instigators during the Rákosi era. [clarification needed] In 1956 he was expelled from the party and convicted. He was released from prison in 1961 and spent his last years working as an editor in Budapest. His son Vladimir was a colonel of security police during the Rákosi regime.[citation needed]


Political offices
Preceded by
Péter Veres
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
István Bata