Zoltan Tildy is forced to resign in Hungary and the Soviets assist in imposing a Communist regime: after 1948, Communist leader Mátyás Rákosi establishes Stalinist rule in the country, with forced collectivization, a planned economy and political purges. Religious schools are nationalized and church leaders are replaced by those loyal to the government. The leader of the Hungarian Catholic Church, József Cardinal Mindszenty, is arrested in 1949 and sentenced to life imprisonment for treason. Approximately 350,000 officials and intellectuals were purged from 1948 to 1956, in one of the harshest communist regimes of Europe
Editors. "Communist regime imposed in Hungary". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 May 2009; last revised 30 November -1.
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