HUNGARY: The Wheel Turns

Among the chief architects of the terror that reigned in Hungary between 1949 and 1953 were a father and son. When Stalin ordered bullet-headed Party Boss Matyas Rakosi to liquidate the top party and government leadership, from Foreign Minister Laszlo Rajk down, on the grounds of Titoism, Rakosi knew where to turn for help. His man: Defense Minister Mihaly Farkas, a longtime Stalinist. In a key position in the AVH (security police) at that time was Farkas' son, Lieut. Colonel Vladimir Farkas.

To get a confession of guilt out of Foreign Minister Rajk, the Stalinists sent mild-mannered Janos Kadar, his...

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