He was arrested in the winter of 1944 and taken to the Gestapo
Budapest, Hungary. Photo: MTI

Istv谩n T贸th Potya, a Hungarian soccer player murdered by the Gestapo, was commemorated by the Ambassador of Israel and the Hungarian Jewish community in Budapest on Tuesday.

Yacov Hadas-Handelsman, the ambassador, said in the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park that T贸th Potya was an outstanding coach with special skills. “He however carried out his most heroic act in the darkest period of history when during WWII he saved the lives of several hundreds of Jews,” the ambassador added. He said “Istv谩n T贸th Potya was a hero”, adding that Israel will always be grateful to people who were standing out “as a lighthouse” during a long dark era of Europe.

Andr谩s Heisler, the president of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz), said that

T贸th Potya had introduced incredible new methods as a coach.

Additionally, he saved hundreds of Jews by risking his own life, Heisler said.

Historian P茅ter Szegedi said T贸th Potya played as member of the national eleven and worked later with Italy’s Internazionale.

He was arrested in the winter of 1944 and taken to the Gestapo. He was murdered in Budapest in February, 1945.

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Source: MTI

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