Ferenc Erdei

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Ferenc Erdei
Erdei Ferenc 1947.jpg
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, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary
Died 11 May 1971(1971-05-11) (aged 60)
Budapest, Hungary
Political party National Peasant Party
Profession sociologist, politician

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.

Communist period[edit]

Under communist rule, Erdei served as minister of agriculture in 1949–53. As such he was responsible for the "attic sweepings" and other coercive happenings and atrocities in the villages. In July 1953 he was appointed minister of justice.[1]

1956 Revolution[edit]

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.[citation needed] On 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.[1]

Later posts[edit]

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 secretary-general of the National Council of the Patriotic People's Front between 1964 and 1970.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Hungarian Biographical Dictionary (in Hungarian) Retrieved 4 July 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gábor Vajna
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Imre Nagy
Preceded by
István Csala
Minister of Agriculture
Succeeded by
András Hegedüs
Preceded by
Béla Kovács
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Erik Molnár
Preceded by
András Hegedüs
Minister of Agriculture
Succeeded by
János Matolcsi