Gen Bela Kalman Kiraly

Gen Bela Kalman Kiraly

Birth
Hungary
Death 4 Jul 2009 (aged 97)
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Burial Rákoskeresztúr, Rákosmente, Budapest, Hungary
Plot Section 300.
Memorial ID 49153169 · View Source
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Dr. Béla Király was a Hungarian general, fighter during World War II, commander of the militia in the 1956 uprisings, as well as a military historian, author, professor, and politician.

He was born in Kaposvár, Hungary. Commissioned as a second lieutenant of the Hungarian Army in 1935, he fought actively in World War II. He joined the Soviets with many other officers and men after Hitler overthrew the Hungarian government.

Following the war, he joined the Hungarian Communist Party, and rose to the rank of major general in the Hungarian Army commanding the Hungarian Military Academy.

In 1951, he was arrested on what many felt to be false charges and sentenced to death. On appeal, the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment. In September 1956, however, he was released from prison in time to command the Freedom Fighters in the 1956 Uprising against the invading Soviets.

After the revolution, he fled to Austria and later the United States, where he attended Columbia University. He received his doctorate in history in 1962 and taught Military History at Brooklyn College, where, after his retirement in 1981, he held the title of Professor Emeritus.

During his tenure at Brooklyn College he served as director of the Society In Change Program on East Central Europe, supervised Brooklyn College Press (the College's Publishing House), and served as the adviser to the Brooklyn College Military History club.

After the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, he eventually returned to Hungary, and from 1990 to 1994, became an independent member of the Hungarian Parliament. Since then, he assumed the role of government adviser. In 2004, he was made an associate member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.


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  • Created by: Zouave
  • Added: 5 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49153169
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Bela Kalman Kiraly (14 Apr 1912–4 Jul 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49153169, citing Rakoskeresztur New Public Cemetery, Rákoskeresztúr, Rákosmente, Budapest, Hungary ; Maintained by Zouave (contributor 46774944) .