HUNGARY: Happy Birthday, Dear Matyas

Hungary's bullet-headed Boss Matyas Rakosi became his nation's first citizen after a long and diligent apprenticeship in murder, conspiracy, intimidation and other arts of Communist politics. Most of his adult life has been spent either in Hungary's jails or in Moscow's schools for sabotage. On Moscow's orders, he framed Cardinal Mindszenty, executed his colleague Laszlo Rajk, helped the Russians to kidnap Majority Leader Bela Kovacs, and forced Premier Ferenc Nagy into exile.

Last week Matyas Rakosi turned 60. Hungarians celebrated his birthday with appropriate gestures:

¶ A marble plaque was unveiled in a Czeged secondary school: "Comrade Rakosi studied here....

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