Komoly, Ottó Nathan

Birth Name Komoly, Ottó Nathan
Call Name Ottó
Gender male
Age at Death 53 years


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1892    

Military Service   Magyar Honvédség Hungarian Home Defence Force Educated as an engineer, Ottó Komoly was drafted in World War I

Membership     Ottó Komoly served as Chairman of the Zionist Federation in Hungary, where his father had been Chairman

Membership October, 1941 ועדת העזרה וההצלה בבודפשט Vaada Aid and Rescue Committee  

Membership March, 1944 Comité international de la Croix-Rouge International Red Cross, Genève, Canton de Genève, Suisse Ottó Komoly served as Head of the department in charge of helping Jewish children

Event Note

Krisztián Ungváry cites Friedrich Born, representative of the International Red Cross in Budapest, putting Otto Komoly in charge of the Red Cross' A Office for International Affairs, in September, 1944.
The office was, in reality, a cover for the Zionists, and one section was directly involved in their resistance activities.

Event Note

After the Iron Cross coup, Otto Komoly issued hundreds of letters of safe conduct, and had food delivered to the Budapest Ghetto.

Transport   Kasztner train רכבת קסטנר Rudolph Kasztner Transports  

Event Note

Although Otto Komoly could have left Hungary Kon Kasztner's train, he stayed to help the Jews of Hungary.

Death January 1, 1945   Ottó Komoly was arrested by the Arrow Cross militia, and taken ffrom his house, and it is assumed he was murdered

Event Note

Krisztián Ungváry cites two Hungarian officers inviting Ottó Komoly to a meeting outside his Red Cross office, which had extraterritorial status.
On January 1, 1945, Otto Komoly accompanied the officers, and was never seen again.
Randolph L. Braham cites a Nyilas gang abducting Ottó Komoly from the Ritz Hotle, on December 28, 1944.

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Honor     Ottó Komoly was posthumously award the Hungarian Freedom Medal from the Hungarian government

Event Note

The Hungarian government presnted the award to his wife in Israel.


Source References

  1. The Holocaust: the fate of European Jewry, 1932-1945
    1. Page: 646
  2. Battle for Budapest: one hundred days in World War II
    1. Page: 261
  3. The Politics of Genocide: the Holocaust in Hungary
    1. Page: 196


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