Matayas Rakosi
Historical Figure
Nationality: Hungary (born in Austria-Hungary)
Date of Birth: 1892
Date of Death: 1971
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: None (atheist; born into Judaism)
Spouse: Fenia Kornilova
Political Party: Hungarian Communist Party,
Hungarian Working People's Party
Turtledove Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Bombs Away;
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Mátyás Rákosi (9 March 1892 – 5 February 1971) was a Hungarian communist politician. He was born Mátyás Rosenfeld in Ada (in present-day Serbia). He was the leader of Hungary's Communist Party from 1945 to 1956 — first as General Secretary of the Hungarian Communist Party (1945–1948) and later holding the same post with the Hungarian Working People's Party (1948–1956). As such, from 1949 to 1956, he was the de facto ruler of Communist Hungary. His rule was aligned with Soviet politics during Joseph Stalin's rule. He was removed from power in 1956 under pressure from Stalin's successor, Nikita Khrushchev.

Matyas Rakosi in The Hot WarEdit

Matyas Rakosi was the People's Republic of Hungary's de facto leader during World War III. He contributed troops to the Soviet invasion of West Germany.[1]

During a battle in May 1951, while Jewish-Hungarian soldier Istvan Szolovits reflected on his own lack of faith, he remembered that Rakosi was himself raised Jewish, although Rakosi no longer practiced his faith, in accordance with communist doctrine. Szolovits had no doubts that Rakosi would pursue his fellow Jews if the Soviets commanded it.[2]


  1. Bombs Away, pg. 334, ebook.
  2. Ibid.
Party political offices
Preceded by
New position
General Secretary of the Hungarian Working People's Party
1945–18 July 1956
Succeeded by
Erno Gero
Political offices
Preceded by
István Dobi
Prime Minister of Hungary
14 August 1952–4 July 1953
Succeeded by
Imre Nagy
Party political offices
(The Hot War)
Preceded by
New position
General Secretary of the Hungarian Working People's Party
Succeeded by
Incumbent as of most recent installment

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