Historical overview 5.

The Special Court in Kistarcsa

On the 25th of August, 1953 the trials commenced in Kistarcsa. The sentences were personal rather than typical. The severity of the punishment depended on the individual charges brought and on the quantity of information the Operative Group had been able to collect about each person, with which the prisoners waiting for their liberation could be blackmailed.

320 internees from Recsk had to appear in court in Kistarcsa. 93 people were set free as they had already served their years of punishment and 4 people fell under a general amnesty. Criminal procedure went on in the case of 223 people.

According to the report dating from the 5th of November, 1953 both the liberation and the legal procedures had been completed and on the 31st of October, 1953 the internment camp was completely evacuated. Internees who had been sentenced were transported to the prison in Markó Street in Budapest. On the 4th of November the legal procedures were still going on in 115 cases.

The camp in Kistarcsa from outside – collection of Lívia Gyarmathy The cellar of the jail in Kistarcsa internment camp in the late 80’s – collection of Barbara Bank
The camp in Kistarcsa from outside – collection of Lívia Gyarmathy The cellar of the jail in Kistarcsa internment camp in the late 80’s – collection of Barbara Bank
Entrance to the internment camp Kistarcsa, 1997 – photo by Csaba Ilkei
Entrance to the internment camp Kistarcsa, 1997 – photo by Csaba Ilkei
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