Árpád Göncz

Hungarian politician, writer, translator, President of Hungary (1922-2015)

Árpád Göncz (Göncz Árpád; February 10, 1922 – October 6, 2015) was a Hungarian liberal politician. He was President of Hungary from May 2, 1990 to August 4, 2000. He was the first democratically elected president of Hungary.[1]

Árpád Göncz
President of Hungary
1st President of the Third Republic of Hungary
In office
August 4, 1990 – August 4, 2000
Acting: May 2, 1990 – August 3, 1990
Prime MinisterJózsef Antall
Péter Boross
Gyula Horn
Viktor Orbán
Preceded byMátyás Szűrös
Succeeded byFerenc Mádl
Personal details
Born(1922-02-10)February 10, 1922
Budapest, Hungary
DiedOctober 6, 2015(2015-10-06) (aged 93)
Budapest, Hungary
Political partySZDSZ (Alliance of Free Democrats)
Spouse(s)Zsuzsanna Göntér
Children4 (Kinga Göncz)

Göncz played a role in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He was also founding member and Vice Chairman of Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) and Speaker of the National Assembly before becoming President.

He was a member of the international advisory council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.[2]


  1. Arpad Goncz, Hungary’s 1st post-communist president, dies
  2. "International Advisory Council". Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2011-05-20.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Árpád Göncz at Wikimedia Commons

  • His biography on the Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary site