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Today in World War II History—October 15, 1944

Adm. Miklós Horthy, Regent of Hungary in WWII (public domain via Wikipedia)

Adm. Miklós Horthy, Regent of Hungary in WWII (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—October 15, 1944: As Soviets cross Hungary, the Hungarian regent, Admiral Miklós Horthy, is deposed by German commandos and replaced with a fascist leader, Ferenc Szálasi the next day. Szálasi will begin aggressive deportation of Hungarian Jews to concentration camps.

Ferenc Szálasi at Sándor Palace, Budapest, Hungary, 16-18 Oct 1944 (German Federal Archives: Bild 101I-680-8284A-37A/Faupel)

Ferenc Szálasi at Sándor Palace, Budapest, Hungary, 16-18 Oct 1944 (German Federal Archives: Bild 101I-680-8284A-37A/Faupel)