92 The Hungarian Soviet Republic

In late 1918 Kun returned to Hungary, which was reduced to a fairly small republic following its defeat in the world war. An energetic speaker, he agitated against the new government. In March 1919 social democrats teamed up with communists and proclaimed a soviet republic under the aegis of Kun. Hungary thus had the first communist government after Russia, although this government fell in August, following intervention by the Romanian army. Kun continued his career as a revolutionary outside Hungary but vanished in Stalin’s purges.

Bela Kun

Bela Kun
1919
Photograph, 25 x 18

Date: 
1919
Number: 
92