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REGENT MIKLOS HORTHY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/15 - HFSID 299356

Handwritten letter from his exile in Portugal in the 1950s. Letters from Horthy in English are very rare! Autograph Letter signed: "Admiral Horthy", 1 page, 6x4. Estoril [Portugal], October 15, no year, but from the 1950s. To "Dear Mr.…"

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MIKLOS HORTHY
Handwritten letter from his exile in Portugal in the 1950s. Letters from Horthy in English are very rare!
Autograph Letter signed: "Admiral Horthy", 1 page, 6x4. Estoril [Portugal], October 15, no year, but from the 1950s. To "Dear Mr. Bentley", in full: "Thank you very much for your kindness of sending me the Memoirs of Franz von Papen which I read with great interest. Yours sincerely". MIKLOS HORTHY (1868-1957), an admiral in the navy of Austria-Hungary during World War I, was Regent and Head of State of Hungary, separated from Austria after World War I, from 1920 to 1944. Horthy replaced the short-lived communist government of Bela Kun, and remained an ardent anti-communist all his life. Ostensibly a "regent," Horthy refused to allow the Hapsburg heir to the throne of Hungary (Charles IV) to return to power. Horthy was a conservative nationalist but not a fanatical fascist. He distrusted Hitler, but joined the Axis side in World War II (April 1941), motivated by hostility to the Soviet Union and a desire to regain Hungarian territory. He was deposed by the Germans in October 1944 while trying to make a separate peace with the Allies. One of the very few Axis leaders to survive World War II, Horthy lived in exile in the Portuguese seacoast town of Estoril from 1950 until his death, writing an autobiography: A Life for Hungary. His will forbade return of his body to Hungary until the last Russian soldier had left the country. This condition fulfilled, he was re-buried in Hungary, amidst much controversy, in 1993. Franz von Papen (1879-1969) was Chancellor of Germany (1932) and then Vice-Chancellor under Hitler (1933). A conservative politician who mistakenly believed that Hitler could be controlled, Papen was quickly swept aside by the Nazis. Slightly worn at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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