The Domestic Political Activities of Géza Szüllő from the first Vienna Award to the May 1939 elections

Géza Szüllő was the only one of the 17 members of the Czechoslovak National Assembly – mainly from the United Hungarian Party – to be left out from the Hungarian House of Representatives after the First Vienna Award. The two groups within the Party of National Unity – the conservative and the extreme right-wing – formed mainly for foreign policy reasons, and at the beginning of 1939 they also separated institutionally. Szüllő was a member of the former group, as opposed to the 17 appointed deputies, and thanks to his time in the National Assembly in Czechoslovakia he had enough authority to be considered by the conservative group as a candidate for the post of minister without portfolio for southern Slovakia, as opposed to Jaros, who supported the extreme right-wing policies of the Imrédy government. In this short period of a few months, the two politicians were engaged in a domestic political contest for party political positions, for the post of minister without portfolio for Felvidék, for determining the appointment of the 17 members of the House of Representatives representing the re-accessed territory, for changing the stability of the Imrédy government, or for changing the wording of the second Jewish law. Both the far-right and the conservative elite hoped for a continuation of the revision, and in this situation the role of Nazi Germany was enhanced. Within a few months, all of Szüllő´s attempts were at best partial, at worst unsuccessful: this was typical of the efforts of the conservative political elite.