Monument marks communist leader Kadar’s 100th birth anniversary

Budapest, May 26 (MTI) – A bust of former communist leader Janos Kadar was unveiled at Budapest’s National Cemetery on Saturday, at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Author Gyorgy Moldova addressed the commemoration, and referred to Kadar as a “proletarian saint”, who was Hungary’s leader during its “best times in the 20th century, when everybody had a place, a secure job, shelter and food”.


About 300, mostly elderly people including veterans of the former communist party MSZMP, attended the ceremony, after which the new bust was removed, as the organisers have not yet decided on its final location.


Attila Vajnai, head of the Workers’ Party 2006, told MTI that the monument was intended for a public place and that its future “depends on talks with the authorities”.


Kadar, leader of the communist regime between 1956 and 1988, died in 1989 and was buried in the National Cemetery. In 2007, yet unidentified perpetrators removed the cover of his tomb and stole several of his bones, including his skull, as well as the urn containing the ashes of his wife, Maria Kadar.


The remains have not been found since.