Sándor Garbai

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Sándor Garbai
Sándor Garbai Béla Kun.jpg
Sándor Garbai, left, with Béla Kun.
Prime Minister of the Hungarian Soviet Republic
In office
21 March 1919 – 1 August 1919
Preceded by Dénes Berinkey
Succeeded by Gyula Peidl
Chairman of the Hungarian Central Executive Council
In office
21 March 1919 – 1 August 1919
Preceded by Mihály Károlyi
Succeeded by Gyula Peidl
Personal details
Born (1879-03-27)27 March 1879
Kiskunhalas, Hungary
Died 7 November 1947(1947-11-07) (aged 68)
Paris, France
Nationality Hungarian
Political party Hungarian Social Democratic Party
Hungarian Socialist Party
Hungarian Socialist and Communist Party
Profession mason, politician

Sándor Garbai (27 March 1879 – 7 November 1947) was a Hungarian socialist politician. He came to power as both prime minister and de facto 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 most of its length, practical authority was in the hands of 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 Saturdays.[1]

References[edit]

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