“I Will Die the Way I lived” – The Tragedy of István Tisza
Documentary about Hungarian prime minister István Tisza, assassinated 100 years ago
“These days it is commonly said about me that I am unaffected by the opinions my
fellow countrymen have of me. Why is that? I will tell you the reason: it is because I
have been consistently keeping to the path that is neither one of fashionable slogans,
nor of popular trends. I say that those who wish to recruit followers by way of
incitement and flattery decry their fellow citizens and themselves. I am proud of the
qualities I inherited from my father.” /Toast held by István Tisza, 20 May 1910/
The Hungarian state apparatus ground to a halt at the end of October 1918; in those
days politics was made on the front and on the streets. The Great War ended and
István Tisza, Hungary’s prime minister during WWI, was declared to be the
scapegoat for the defeat. He was murdered on 31 October in his villa on Hermina
Road under circumstances unclear to this day.
His story is only known to few even though he was Hungary’s most significant and
most disputed political leader at the dawn of the 20 th century. Who was István Tisza
exactly? What reasons led to his terrible tragedy?
The film is available with Hungarian and English subtitles.
Release Date: 2018
Number of pages: 0
Hungarian: 1400 Ft
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