Zsigmond Kunfi
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Zsigmond Kunfi

Zsigmond Kunfi
Minister of Croatian Affairs of Hungary

6 November 1918 - 19 January 1919
Károly Unkelhäusser
post abolished
Personal details
Born(1879-04-28)28 April 1879
Nagykanizsa, Austria-Hungary
Died18 November 1929(1929-11-18) (aged 50)
Vienna, Austria
Political partyMSZDP
Spouse(s)Melanie Vámbéry (1904-?)[1]
Erzsébet Rónai (1914-1929)[2]
ParentsBenedek Kunstätter
Janka Kohn
Professionpolitician, journalist

Zsigmond Kunfi (born as Zsigmond Kohn in Nagykanizsa on 28 April, 1879 - died in Vienna on 18 November, 1929) was a Hungarian politician who served as Minister without portfolio of Croatian Affairs and as Minister of Labour and Welfare between 1918 and 1919.

His father was Benedek Kohn, - a school teacher in Szigetvár - who adopted the Hungarian family name "Kunfi" in 1875, his mother was Janka Kohn. After Zsigmond finished his grammar school in Szigetvár, he attended the University of Kolozsvár, where he graduated as a German-Hungarian high school literature teacher in 1903. His political and philosophical views were near to Karl Kautsky's radical ideas. In 1904, he became member of the Social Democratic Party of Hungary, therefore he lost his job as a grammar school teacher in Kolozsvár. In 1907 he moved to Budapest, where he became the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Népszava ("People's voice") weekly journal and from 1908 he wrote for the "Szocializmus" magazine, but he also often wrote articles for the Nyugat and the "Huszadik század" ("20th Century") literary journals. After the Aster Revolution, Kunfi become a member of the Hungarian National Council from 1918. As minister of Croatian Affairs, he was entrusted with the ministry's liquidation. In Dénes Berinkey's government he was appointed Minister of Education. He held this position also during the Hungarian Soviet Republic as People's Commissar. Kunfi resigned from his position and called for the dictatorship's liquidation. After that he emigrated to Austria. He worked as editor-in-chief of the Arbeiter Zeitung.

Kunfi committed suicide in Vienna.


Political offices
Preceded by
Károly Unkelhäusser
Minister of Croatian Affairs
Succeeded by
post abolished
Preceded by
Sándor Juhász Nagy
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
György Lukács

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