Hungarian politician who was the General Secretary of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party from 1956 until 1988.
He joined the Communist Party of Hungary's youth organization, KIMSZ after he quit school and worked as a typewriter mechanic.
He was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize and the title of Hero of the Soviet Union in 1964.
He married Maria Tamaska
He had the chance to see Joseph Stalin when he went to the Soviet Union in 1948.