HUNGARY: Portrait of a Red

Matyas Rakosi is the kind of old Communist revolutionary who left talk about civil liberties, land reform and the like to the parlor set. At 27 he was a hard-bitten commissar in the regime of Hungarian Red Terrorist Bela Kun; at 28 he was in Moscow as a secretary of the Comintern Executive, perfecting methods for smuggling agents into foreign lands, and capturing control of trade unions.

At 34 he went back to his native Hungary for illegal work, was captured, twice .sentenced to long jail terms. Tried on 25 charges of murder, another...

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