[Below: A young Ferenc Szálasi.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi taking his oath before the nation.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi with Adolf Hitler.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi at an Arrow Cross meeting (in the middle at table, arms crossed, looking down).]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi at an official function in Budapest.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi salutes his comrades, or 'Bajtárs' which is Hungarian for comrades.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi, the weight of his country, of Europe, hanging on his shoulders.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi, far left.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi with a women's organization.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi taking an oath of office.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi salutes an Arrow Cross soldier.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi triumphant, the new prime minister and leader of the Arrow Cross organization. Note the two German paratroopers guarding the doorway. Budapest, Hungary, October 1944. Courtesy of the Bundesarchiv.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi with his two daughters.]

[Below: Ferenc Szálasi's Arrow Cross party membership book.]

[Below: Postcard showing the images of Ferenc Szálasi, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.]

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[Below: March 12, 1946, Budapest. Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Szálasi stands firm while awaiting his murder. Calm, he dies knowing his conscience is clean. That he is a martyr for all time to come.]

[Below: Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Szálasi is given the last rites before being murdered by communists for being a patriot.]

The Final Words of Ferenc Szalasi, March 12, 1946

The spirit is always stronger than anyone. If truth is the servant of life, then truth will be victorious and not transient.

Two thousand years ago the belief in truth was on earth, but Christ was killed on the cross.

This war was not won by anyone. The purpose of war is not to knock the weapon out of the hand of the fighting party, but that the following peace should be realized on the basis of everyone's welfare and security.

I am convinced that present events have not yet come to a close. Neither party has conquered. The great world question, the problems which came to the surface during the war, are still unsolved.

From the point of view of the fate which lives within me and from the point of view of the new world, I always took such steps which, according to my conviction, were to serve the glory and happiness of the Hungarian nation...

On October 15, 1944, it had to be decided whether the Hungarian nation and its leadership should move towards East or West. My decision could not be anything else, but that we must persevere; because by fighting we gain time, precious time and he who wins this time wins the war as well.

My activities had no other basis than this. It would make no sense to attribute a different reason to my decision because I would come to total contradiction with that ideology to which I stubbornly adhere. It is not a crime that I possess this with conviction. It cannot be a crime that I possess this with conviction. It cannot be a crime that I could only live for this with conviction.

I do not want to exempt myself from my responsibility and I do not try to escape from it. What has been said about me is untrue and severely taints my honor.

I thank everyone without exception who has followed me on this grave road. I thank the widows, the orphans, the heroic dead, and the wounded for the sacrifices they made for this belief.

Source: Weber, Eugen, Varieties of Fascism, D. Van Nostrand Co., Princeton, NJ, 1964. Translated by Anne M. Sail.