Károly Farkas

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Farkas, Károly


Born 1843 in Resifa, in what is now Rumania; died Feb. 16, 1907, in Budapest. Figure in the Hungarian and international working-class movements.

In 1868, Farkas, a metalworker, helped organize the General Workers’ Union, an underground section of the First International, in Temesvár (now Timisoara). In January 1869 he was appointed Hungarian plenipotentiary of the First International. In Pest in mid-1869 he founded a First International section within the Workers’ Educational Society. Farkas took part in the Hague Congress of the First International in September 1872. He helped organize demonstrations of solidarity with the Paris Commune and took part in the demonstrations, which were held June 8 and 11, 1871, in Budapest. One of the founders of the socialist newspaper Munkás-Heti Króníka (1873), Farkas also helped found the General Workers’ Party (1880) and the Social Democratic Party of Hungary (1890).

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