It is without parallel, not only in Hungarian history but in the history of Europe as well, that virtually the entire leadership cadre, the high administrative bureaucracy, the officer corps of the armed forces, the generals and general officers, as well as the police force, should in one body leave the country. It is unprecedented that the entire machinery of the state, its political and economic governance, its parliamentary and law enforcement organs, its defense forces of several hundred thousands, and its [major] institutions, should transfer themselves to another state, sweeping along a significant portion of the social elite, carrying away even the prisoners, certainly the political ones…. On German territory, in an illusion of legality, lacking a political home base, this state apparatus lived and carried out its activities for several weeks.1
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