The Arrow Cross Party (Hungarian: Nyilaskeresztes Párt – Hungarista Mozgalom, literally "Arrow Cross Party-Hungarist Movement") was a Hungarist party led by Ferenc Szálasi, which was modeled on the Nazi Party of Germany. While the party was quite vocal during World War II, it did not come to power until 15 October 1944, when Germany toppled Hungarian leader Miklos Horthy for pursuing a ceasefire with the Soviet Union. Szálasi and the Arrow Cross ruled the so-called Government of National Unity until 28 March 1945. During its short rule, ten to fifteen thousand civilians (many of whom were Jews) were murdered outright, and 80,000 people were deported from Hungary to various camps in Austria. After the war, Szálasi and other Arrow Cross leaders were tried as war criminals by Hungarian courts.
Perversely, the course of war and history meant that some people who served the Arrow Cross and fought the Soviets during World War II were still in the Hungarian military and fought for the Soviets during World War III. Sgt. Gergely was an example.
In October 1944, NaziGermany secured its continued alliance with Hungary by installing Ferenc Szálasi and the Arrow Cross Party. The Arrow Cross Party proved as determined to hunt down the Zigeuner as the Nazis were.