Mátyás Rákosi, the bald murderer

Eastern Europe’s little Stalins hated and despised Khrushchev for his attack on Stalin in February 1956. The most adamant was, by far, Hungary’s Mátyás Rákosi. Born on March 9, 1892, in Ada, Serbia, he died on February 5, 1971, in Nizhny Novgorod, then Gorky, in Russia. To please the sociopath in the Kremlin, he masterminded the Rajk affair. Infinitely ruthless, cynical, and perfidious, he symbolized the terrorist nature of the communist project. A Jew himself (born Rosenfeld), he didn’t hesitate to use anti-Semitism as a political tool. Hungarians referred to him as “Arsehead,” “the bald murderer,” or “the Toad.” Apostate Marxist playwright Gyula Háy recalled his “short, squat body, as if the creator had been unable to finish his work for abhorrence.”

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