Hungary’s Chief Rabbi Dies
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ Dr. Laszlo Salgo, chief rabbi of Hungary and a parliamentary deputy, has died, the Magyar Nemzet newspaper reported Thursday. He was 75.
The newspaper did not say when Salgo died. It said Salgo had been afflicted with an illness related to his age, but did not specify the cause of death.
Salgo began his rabbinical duties in eastern Budapest in the 1930s and became chief rabbi of Pest after World War II. He lectured for more than 25 years at Budapest’s rabbinical seminary, the only one in Eastern Europe.
Salgo served as a deputy in the National Assembly, or parliament, since 1980. He was re-elected this year on a special ″national list″ to represent Hungary’s Jewish community, estimated to number between 100,000 and 150,000.