Mátyás Rákosi was born 120 years ago

Rakosi was one of the communist leaders of Hungary in the ’40s and ’50s, the worst example of personal cult in Hungary was presented by him.

Sixty years ago, on March 9, 1952, a grandiose exhibition was opened in the former Budapest Palace of Justice – today the building of the Museum of Ethnography – on the occasion of the 60th birthday of Matyas Rakosi. On display were gifts made for Rakosi to celebrate the event, including a large number of handicrafts by Hungary’s folk artisans.
The museum opened today an exhibition on the sixtieth anniversary of the 1952 exhibition in the hope of prompting further research on the subject, using material from the collections of the Museum of Ethnography and Hungarian National Museum to explore this unusual “star exhibition” from the building’s past.

Crowds visiting the exhibition organized in 1952 to celebrate Rakosi’s 60th birthday:

Everybody had to celebrate. “Presents” were arriving from the whole country to the “wise leader” Women embroidered for him: to Comrade Rakosi on his 60th birthday:

Photos from neprajz.hu

Watch the TV reports about the event in 1952:

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