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Gyula Ortutay

Gyula Ortutay
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Minister of Religion and Education of Hungary
In office
14 March 1947 – 25 February 1950
Preceded byDezső Keresztury
Succeeded byJózsef Darvas
Personal details
Born(1910-03-24)24 March 1910
Szabadka, Austria-Hungary
Died22 March 1978(1978-03-22) (aged 67)
Budapest, People's Republic of Hungary
Political partyFKGP
Spouse(s)Zsuzsa Kemény
Professionethnographer, politician

Gyula Ortutay (24 March 1910 – 22 March 1978) was a Hungarian ethnographer and politician, who served as Minister of Religion and Education between 1947 and 1950.


Early life

Born in Szabadka (now: Subotica, Serbia) to a Catholic petty bourgeois family. His parents were István Ortutay journalist, editor of the Szegedi Napló and Ilona Borsodi. He finished his secondary school studies at the piarists in Szeged. After that he attended the Franz Joseph University from 1928. His psychology teacher was Hildebrand Dezső Várkonyi. Soon he was making left-wing friends such as Miklós Radnóti, Gábor Tolnai, Dezső Baróti, Ferenc Erdei, György Buday and Viola Tomori.

He married to Zsuzsa Kemény, who served as chairperson of the Hungarian Dance Association from 1948, in 1938. They have three children: Mária (psychologist), Tamás (ceramist) and Zsuzsanna (district nurse).

Political career

He got into contact with the communist intellectuals (László Orbán, Gyula Kállai, Ferenc Hont) in the end of the 1930s. but Endre Bajcsy-Zsilinszky had the largest effect on him. From 1942 he participated in the antifascist movements. In the next year he joined to the Independent Smallholders, Agrarian Workers and Civic Party (FKGP). He was Secretary-General of the National Council of The People's Patriotic Front.


See also

Political offices
Preceded by
Dezső Keresztury
Minister of Religion and Education
Succeeded by
József Darvas

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