Farewell to AmCham member János Horváth

  • November 26, 2019
It is with great sorrow to let you know that AmCham had lost a longtime friend, Mr. János Horváth.

He was a Hungarian economist and politician and a symbol of freedom. He was born in 1921. He was very young when World War II reached Hungary. He fought the Nazis, was caught by the Gestapo and was sentenced to death. Hours before his scheduled execution, he managed to escape, thanks to the chaos in Budapest. In 1945 when he was 24 years old, he was elected to the Hungarian Parliament being the youngest member at the time, he was also a member of the Budapest City Council and served as economic adviser to the prime minister as well.

In 1947 he was arrested and spent 4 years in prison. After 1956 he went to exile to the US where apart from studying at the Columbia University later became a teacher in Indianapolis. In  1998 he returned to Hungary and was elected to the Parliament that year and was reelected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. He was the doyen of the Parliament being the oldest Member between 2003-2014. He received the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic in 2011.

 May he Rest in Peace!

 

János Horváth

1921 -2019