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Jozsef Mindszenty

Archbishop of Esztergom

Died when: 83 years 38 days (997 months)
Star Sign: Aries


Jozsef Mindszenty

József Mindszenty (Hungarian pronunciation: [jo:??f minds?nti]; 29 March 1892 – 6 May 1975) was a Hungarian cardinal of the Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Esztergom and leader of the Catholic Church in Hungary from 1945 to 1973.

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, for five decades "he personified uncompromising opposition to fascism and communism in Hungary".During World War II, he was imprisoned by the pro-Nazi Arrow Cross Party.

After the war, he opposed communism and communist persecution in his country.As a result, he was tortured and given a life sentence in a 1949 show trial that generated worldwide condemnation, including a United Nations resolution.

After eight years in prison, Mindszenty was freed in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and granted political asylum by the United States embassy in Budapest.

He lived there for the next fifteen years.He was finally allowed to leave the country in 1971, and died in exile in 1975 in Vienna, Austria.

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