István Haller

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István Haller
Minister of Religion and Education of Hungary
In office
24 November 1919 – 16 December 1920
Preceded by Károly Huszár
Succeeded by József Vass
Personal details
Born (1880-11-18)18 November 1880
Mezőpetri, Austria-Hungary
Died 5 March 1964(1964-03-05) (aged 83)
Budapest, People's Republic of Hungary
Political party KNEP
Profession politician, journalist
The native form of this personal name is Haller István. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.

István Haller (18 November 1880 – 5 March 1964) was a Hungarian politician, who served as Minister of Religion and Education between 1919 and 1920.


He prepared the law of Numerus clausus and submitted for the Diet of Hungary. The Hungarian Numerus Clausus was introduced in 1920. The policy is often seen as the first Anti-Jewish Act of 20th-century Europe. Though the text did not use the term "Jew", it was nearly the only group overrepresented in higher education. Its aim was to restrict the number of Jews to 6%, which was their proportion in Hungary at that time; the rate of Jewish students was 25–40% in the 1910s in different faculties. Haller became chairman of the KNEP in 1920, but soon he lost his mandate.


Political offices
Preceded by
Károly Huszár
Minister of Religion and Education
Succeeded by
József Vass