Béla Miklós

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Vitéz Béla Miklós de Dálnok
Bela Miklos de Dalnok 1942.jpg
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hungary
In office
22 December 1944
(officially 28 March 1945) 15 November 1945
LeaderHigh National Council
Preceded by Ferenc Szálasi
(Arrow Cross regime)
Succeeded by Zoltán Tildy
Personal details
Born(1890-06-11)11 June 1890
Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died21 November 1948(1948-11-21) (aged 58)
Budapest, Hungary
Political party Hungarian Independence Party
Spouse(s)Éva Csákány
Irma Varga
one daughter
Profession Soldier, politician
Military service
AllegianceFlag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg  Austria-Hungary
Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946).svg  Kingdom of Hungary
Branch/serviceAustria-Hungary-flag-1869-1914-naval-1786-1869-merchant.svg Austro-Hungarian Army
War Flag of Hungary (1939-1945, size III and V).svg  Royal Hungarian Army
Years of service1907–1918; 1919–1945
Rank Colonel General
CommandsIX Corps
First Army

Béla Miklós de Dálnok, Vitéz of Dálnok (11 June 1890 – 21 November 1948) was a Hungarian military officer and politician who served as acting Prime Minister of Hungary, at first in opposition, and then officially, from 1944 to 1945. He was the last Prime Minister of war-time Hungary.

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Early career

Béla Miklós was born into a Székely primipilus family in Budapest on 11 June 1890. His parents were Gergely Miklós de Dálnok and Janka Traviczky. Miklós used the title of dálnoki after Dálnok, Transylvania (today Dalnic, part of Romania), where his father worked as a teacher. Béla Miklós married Éva Csákány.

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He finished secondary studies at the Honvéd Principal Gymnasium of Sopron in 1907. After graduating from Ludovica Military Academy in 1910, he was promoted to Hussar Lieutenant. He participated in the First World War. Returning home, he became a member of the Sopron military command. He graduated from General Staff College between 1920 and 1921, after that he worked in the Ministry of Defence. He was awarded Order of Vitéz by Regent Miklós Horthy in 1929. In that same year he became Deputy Chief of the Regent's Military Office.

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Miklós was briefly chief of military intelligence until he was appointed military attaché to Berlin and Stockholm between 1933 and 1936, eventually coming to lead his own regiment. After rising from regimental to corps command, he became military director of the office of Admiral Miklós Horthy, regent of Hungary, in October 1942. He was promoted to Colonel General in 1943.

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Miklós became commanding general of the Hungarian First Army from 1 August 1944 and he supported leaving the Axis powers and joining the Red Army. On 16 October 1944, Miklós was ordered to appear at the headquarters of German General Heinrici. Suspicious of an eventual arrest, he defected through the Hungarian front with one of his aides and two sergeants. He approached the Soviet forces. After some apprehension, they escorted Miklós to Lisko, near Przemyśl. This was the location of the Soviet general headquarters.

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Miklós arrived at Lisko on the morning of 17 October. Per the request of the Soviets, he spoke on the radio and made a plea for the commanding officers of his Hungarian First Army to defect with their units to the Soviets.

The Soviets re-armed prisoners of war and planned to form a Hungarian liberation army from the defectors. But, with the exception of one regimental commander, no other Hungarian officer defected in response to Miklós's plea. The one regimental commander who did defect was arrested by the Germans and immediately executed.

A few days later Soviet emissaries were sent to negotiate with Miklós about the formation of a Hungarian counter-Government. These negotiations came to nothing.

Interim government

On 21 December 1944 the Interim Assembly met in Debrecen. Representatives were present from the Communist, Smallholders, Social Democratic, Peasant Party and Citizen's party. The Assembly elected the interim government, with Soviet approval, which was headed by Miklós. He remained in this post until the coming elections on 15 November 1945. The High National Council, which functioned as a collective head of state, formed on 26 January 1945 under the presidency of Béla Zsedényi. Miklós as incumbent Prime Minister also became a member of the body.

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During his premiership, the arrest of war criminals and confiscations had begun, pro-German organizations and political parties were dissolved, and the new regime removed the "reactionary elements" from public institutions and the Hungarian army. The Provisional National Government established the people's tribunes. Miklós disbanded the Military Order of Maria Theresa with a decree in the summer of 1945.

Béla Miklós could not prevent the deportation of hundreds of thousands to the Soviet Union. Following the 1945 Hungarian parliamentary election, he was replaced by Zoltán Tildy.

Later career

Before the 1947 Hungarian parliamentary election he joined the Hungarian Independence Party, where he was a leading member. Although he got into the parliament, he was illegally deprived of his mandate by the communists. After that Miklós retired from politics, and became isolated politically. His family was harassed and his son was resettled.

Béla Miklós died in Budapest on 21 November 1948. He did not receive military honours at his funeral.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ferenc Szálasi
Prime Minister of Hungary
Succeeded by
Zoltán Tildy
Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant-General Károly Beregfy
Commander of the Hungarian First Army
1 August 1944 – 16 October 1944
Succeeded by
Lieutenant-General Dezső László