HUNGARY: End of a Tightrope Walk

From its perch on the towering crags of Buda one dawn last week the Hungarian Foreign Office abruptly announced that Premier Count Paul Teleki had just died of a heart attack. Intimates of the Teleki family whispered that Count Teleki had taken poison. Finally doctors who examined the body signed a one-sentence communiqué: "Premier Teleki committed suicide at dawn April 3."

Whether Count Teleki had committed suicide in despair—perhaps even to arouse his people—because he believed Hungary was about to be completely engulfed by Hitler, or whether he had been killed by the Gestapo lest he initiate an anti-Axis coup d'état...

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