Medical Student Ilona Tóth's show trial was a Bolshevik propaganda crime story

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ilona Tóth in front of her Bolshevik judges

Sixty years ago today, on June 28, 1957 twenty-five-year-old Medical Student Ilona Tóth and two of her co-defendants were executed as part of the post-revolutionary retributions.

Ilona Tóth was sentenced to death on fabricated charges for the murder of a Bolshevik collaborator who was sent to the hospital where Tóth was working to hunt down wounded resistance fighters hidden among the regular patients of the medical facility.

“The execution of Ilona Tóth was part of a political revenge and for the occasion a script had to be written. The Bolshevik evildoers cooked up a fictional story to show to the world the brutality of the 'counter-revolution' and its representative, the sadistic doctor. They also intended to justify the First Secretary of the Communist Party János Kádár’s treasonous act of calling on Soviet troops to put down the uprising” said historian Sándor M Kiss.

Ilona Tóth in front of her Bolshevik judges

After the regime change in the 1990s, detailed historical investigations began to investigate the convictions of the communist show trials; the findings reveal that there are irreconcilable contradictions among the confessing testimonies of the accused and the material evidence introduced during the trial, which simply means that the murder of the Bolshevik snitch could not have happened the way the prosecutor presented it; in other words, Ilona Tóth was executed on fabricated charges said the historian after studying court documents for many years.(Many of the original documents of the trials of resistance fighters were destroyed by the Bolshevik murderers only summaries of the trials survived and can be researched by historians.)

The statue of Ilona Tóth at Semmelweis Medical University main entrance in Budapest

The first annulment decision relating to show trial convictions initiated in 1989, but the remedy could be applied only to convictions related to revolutionary events.

Ilona Tóth was convicted of murder, so the verdict against her could not be overturned, even though it was known that she was sentenced on fabricated charges.

Historian Sándor M. Kiss could only release the findings of his research at the end of the 1990s, which was summed up in a book co-written with Réka Kiss that was titled "Nightingale Hunters". As a result, in 2000 the court finally annulled Ilona Tóth and her co-defendants’ convictions.

Ilona Tóth, the martyr of the 1956 revolution and war of independence irrevocably took her place in the pantheon of resistance fighters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country by battling against an overwhelming evil force that still in the world today in different guises.

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