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Le camp d’internés 1914-1919

Dieser Internet-Auftritt verfolgt das Ziel, möglichst viele Informationen über das Internierungslager auf der Ile Longue zusammenzustellen, damit Historiker und Nachkommen der Internierten sich ein Bild von den Realitäten dieses bisher wenig bekannten Lagers machen können - nicht zuletzt auch, um die bedeutenden kulturellen Leistungen der Lagerinsassen zu würdigen.

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Hungarian Deputy Barna Buza (En)
Article published on 9 September 2012
last modification on 17 January 2014
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Barna BUZA is a Hungarian politician, a lawyer, deputy, then Minister of Agriculture, who spent about two years in captivity in the camp of Ile Longue.

Born in Tolcsva on January 1st, 1873, Barna Buza begins as publisher of the newspaper Felsomagyarországi Hírlap then as a journalist. He is elected deputy in 1905, but continues to practice as publisher of the Budapest and the Magyarorszag.

In summer 1914, with seven other members of parliament, he accompanies the count Mihály Károlyi of Nagykároly, leader of the Hungarian pro-independence party, during its tour of the United States. The objective of the Hungarian delegation is to raise funds which will allow the agrarian reform that will permit the farmers to own the land that they work on.
The delegation embarks at the end of June aboard the German liner “Vaterland” and it is at sea that they learn, the day after the double murder, the assassination of the archduke and the archduchess of Austria. It arrives in New York on July 4th and its arrival is the object, the following day of two articles of the New York Times, among which, one of almost a page.

After several meetings it leaves New York, on August 25th, 1914, aboard the Dutch liner “Nieuw-Amsterdam”. The ship is captured by the French navy on September 2nd: the German and Austrian nationals are interned. In spite of his status Barna Buza will remain interned in the castle of Brest from September 1914, till August 22nd, 1916, then in Ile Longue. He is released on November 16th, 1917, most probably, because of the destabilization which he can bring to the Austrian government.
The Revolution of the Chrysanthemums brings the party of Karolyi to power on November 18th, 1918 and Barna Buza becomes Minister for Agriculture of the quite new Hungarian democratic republic.

He dies in Budapest on May 2nd, 1944.

Sources:
archives of the New York Times Randy Whittle, “Johnstown-Pennsylvania, a History part one: 1895 - 1936”, History Press 2005 (republication), page 175


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