Somogyi, Béla

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SOMOGYI, BÉLA (1868–1920), Hungarian political journalist. Born in Halastó, he taught in secondary schools and edited the social-democrat organ Népszava, as well as the German language organ Volksstimme. After the October Revolution (1918), he became director-general of the Ministry of Education. Under the brief Communist regime, he resigned. Nevertheless, when Somogyi protested against the murders of the White Terror (see *Hungary), he was kidnapped and with his companion, a non-Jewish author, B. Bacsó, murdered and his body thrown into the Danube. Somogyi wrote A francia népoktatás (1905) and Az ipari szövetkezetek (1905).


Magyar Zsidó Lexikon (1929), 796; Magyar Irodalmi Lexikon, 3 (1965), 77.

[Baruch Yaron]