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Géza Teleki

Géza Teleki
Minister of Religion and Education of Hungary
In office
22 December 1944 (officially 27 March 1945) – 13 November 1945
Preceded by Ferenc Szálasi
Succeeded by Dezső Keresztury
Personal details
Born (1911-11-27)27 November 1911
Died 5 January 1983(1983-01-05) (aged 71)
Washington, D.C., United States
Political party Civil Democratic Party
Profession politician, university professor, field hockey player, geologist
This article is about the field hockey player. For the politician see Géza Teleki (politician).
The native form of this personal name is széki gróf Teleki Géza. This article uses the Western name order.

Count Géza Teleki de Szék (also known as Géza von Teleki, 27 November 1911 – 5 January 1983) was a Hungarian politician and field hockey player who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics. He was born in Budapest, the son of Pál Teleki.

Private life

Hungarian Sea Scouts were present at a Sea Scout rally held in the summer of 1927 at Helsingør, Denmark. On a sailing cruise, Teleki was inclined to ignore a reprimand from his Scoutmaster, Fritz M. de Molnár, for failure to carry out a small but necessary exercise of seamanship. Molnár tried to drive home his point by threatening to tell the boy's father on their return to Budapest. Géza replied "Oh, Dad's not interested in Scouting." This roused Molnár's mettle, and he determined to take up the subject of Scouting with Count Teleki. Teleki became interested, and Hungary obtained the wholehearted support and encouragement of one of its most noted citizens, becoming Chief Scout, honorary Chief Scout, a member of the International Committee for many years, Camp Chief of the 4th World Scout Jamboree and a close friend and contemporary of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell.

In 1936 he was a member of the Hungarian team which was eliminated in the group stage of the Olympic tournament. He played all three matches as forward.

Political career

He pressed the truce on the end of the Second World War. He became member of the delegation, which started peace negotiations in Moscow on 28 September 1944. Teleki also signed the interim truce agreement on 11 October, but this was not able to come true, because of the Arrow Cross Party's coup d'état on 15 October. He served as Minister of Religion and Education in the Interim National Government which formed in Debrecen. He worked as teacher for the Faculty of Economics in the University of Budapest until 1948. He emigrated to the United States in 1949.

Later life

He was a teacher on the University of Virginia from 1950. From 1955 he served as geology professor of the George Washington University. Teleki committed suicide together with his wife, because of their incurable disease. His father, Pál Teleki also committed suicide in 1941.

See also

Scouting portal


  • Scouting Round the World, John S. Wilson, first edition, Blandford Press 1959 p. 165

External links

  • Géza Teleki's profile at Sports
Political offices
Preceded by
Ferenc Szálasi
Minister of Religion and Education
Succeeded by
Dezső Keresztury

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