István Oláh

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István Oláh
Minister of Defence of Hungary
In office
6 December 1984 – 15 December 1985
President János Kádár
Preceded by Lajos Czinege
Succeeded by Ferenc Kárpáti
Personal details
Born (1926-12-16)16 December 1926
Nádudvar, Hungary
Died 15 December 1985(1985-12-15) (aged 58)[1]
Budapest, Hungary
Political party Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party
Military service
Allegiance Government Ensign of Hungary (1957-1990).svg
Service/branch Hungarian People's Army
Years of service 1945 - 1985
Rank Field Marshal

István Oláh (16 December 1926 – 15 December 1985) was a Hungarian military officer and politician, who served as Minister of Defence from 1984 until his death.


In 1945, he became a volunteer in the Hungarian People's Army. That same year he joined the Communist Party.[2] In 1949 he graduated from the Kossuth Military Academy. In 1964, he a studied at the Voroshilov Soviet Higher Military Academy. From 1966 to 1973, he rose through the ranks of the Hungarian People's Army. He had been serving as a Deputy Minister of Defense of the Hungarian People's Army since 1966.[3] In 1975, he was made a permanent member of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party.[4] He was the Minister of Defense after the removal of Lajos Czinege.[5]


Oláh died on 15 December 1985, a day before his 59th birthday.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lajos Czinege
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Ferenc Kárpáti