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Jozsef Mindszenty

Archbishop of Esztergom

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

 

Jozsef Mindszenty

József Mindszenty [jo:ʒɛf mindsɛnti] (29 March 1892 – 6 May 1975) was the Prince Primate, Archbishop of Esztergom, cardinal, and leader of the Catholic Church in Hungary from 2 October 1945 to 18 December 1973.

For five decades, he personified uncompromising opposition to fascism and communism in Hungary in support of religious freedom.During World War II, he was imprisoned by the pro-Nazi Arrow Cross Party.

After the war, he opposed communism and the 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, he was freed in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and granted political asylum by the United States embassy in Budapest, where Mindszenty lived for the next fifteen years.

He was finally allowed to leave the country in 1971.He died in exile in 1975 in Vienna, Austria.


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