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Hungarian People's Republic Flag (1949-1956)
image by eljko Heimer
Hungary was a republic from 1 February 1946 to 20 August 1949.
The official name was: Republic of Hungary (Magyar
The republic used the tricolour and the tricolour with the Kossuth Coat of Arms. The official Coat of Arms was the "Kossuth Coat of Arms"
Between 20 Augist 1949 - 23 October 1989 Hungarian People's Republic was the official English form of the name of the country. The above flag with Rákosi Coat of Arms was used from 20 Augist 1949 to 23 October 1989. In 1956-1957 the "Kossuth Coat of Arms" was used and the flag was the tricolour. From 1957 the flag with Kádár Coat of Arms was in use.
István Molnár, 10 November 2000
I read in a soviet book that the "Kossuth Coat of
Arms" is a Coat of Arms with three stripes of national
colours (like the Coat of Arms of 1957-1989). Now I know
that it was a mistake... "Kossuth Coat of Arms" is the
Hungarian Coat of Arms without crown. Why only in 1956-1957
"the flag was the tricolour" ? As I know the Coat of
Arms was removed from the flag by Law No 11 in 1957. The Coat of
Arms existed until 1990.
Victor Lomantsov, 12 November 2000
image by eljko Heimer
At Sesam Encyclopedie (1977) - Hungary: Rákosi's flag, charge
slightly larger, compared to the image above, going into the
green and red
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 30 September 2000
Sandor Kopacsi, "In the name of the working class"
(London: Fontana, 1989, p. 127), says that the 1949-56 Hungarian
coat of arms was "conceived and designed" by the
Communist Party leader Matyas Rakosi himself.
Kopacsi was then Chief of Police in Budapest and knew all the Communist leaders personally.
Kenneth Fraser, 12 May 2006
See: Hungary - 1956 Uprising Flags
image by Sandor Kiss, 3 September 1998
While visiting the Hungarian National Museum, I took some
photos of tipical communist flags, such as Winner flag of the Working Emulation of the Rákosi
Shift 1953, The ambulatory
Flag of the Central Comittee of the Association of the
Working Youth - to The Best Helper Local Organisation of the AWY
at the Cotton Growing and ambulatory
flag of the Cabinet Council of the Peoples Republic of
Hungary - to the Leading Farmer's Co-operative Farm of the
István Molnár, 20 February 2006