Ferenc Szálasi
Historical Figure
Nationality: Hungary
Date of Birth: 1897
Date of Death: 1946
Cause of Death: Execution by hanging
Religion: Catholicism
Spouse: Gizella Lutz
Political Party: Arrow Cross Party
Political Office(s): Prime Minister of Hungary
Leader of the Hungarian Nation
Fictional Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Type of Appearance: Posthumous references throughout
POD: c. 1914
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Ferenc Szálasi (6 January 1897 – 12 March 1946) was the leader of the fascist Arrow Cross Party – Hungarist Movement, the "Leader of the Nation" (Nemzetvezető), being both Head of State and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hungary's "Government of National Unity" (Nemzeti Összefogás Kormánya) for the final six months of Hungary's participation in World War II, after Germany occupied Hungary and removed Miklos Horthy by force. During his brief rule, Szálasi's men murdered 10,000–15,000 Jews. After the war, he was executed after a trial by the Hungarian court for crimes against the state committed during the war.

Ferenc Szálasi in The Hot War[]

While Ferenc Szálasi had been dead for five years when World War III broke out, he and the Arrow Cross Party cast a long posthumous shadow on the Hungarian People's Republic.[1]

When Jewish soldier Istvan Szolovits was offered a promotion to lance corporal by Sergeant Erno Gergely, Szolovits realized that Gergely, who'd served under Miklos Horthy and Ferenc Szálasi would have just as happily put Szolovits on a train to the concentration camps during the latter's rule. Now, oddly enough, Gergely was serving the communists.[2]

Ferenc Szálasi in "Zigeuner"[]

Ferenc Szálasi was newly installed by Germany as the leader of Hungary in October 1944. In that month, even as the Red Army had entered the eastern half of Hungary, the German SS was still sweeping the country for Zigeuner with the help of the Arrow Cross Party.[3]


  1. Bombs Away, pgs. 121-122, ebook.
  2. Ibid., pg. 255.
  3. Asimov's Science Fiction, September/October, 2017, Vol. 41 Nos. 9 & 10, pg. 92.
Political offices
Preceded by
Miklos Horthy
(as regent)
Nemzetvezető (Leader) of the Nation of Hungary
Succeeded by
High National Council
Preceded by
Géza Lakatos
Prime Minister of Hungary
(de facto)
Succeeded by
Béla Miklós
Preceded by
Ferenc Rajniss
Minister of Religion and Education

Succeeded by
Géza Teleki