* Gabor Peter,Gabor Peter, 86, who as postwar chief of...

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April 11, 1993

* Gabor Peter,Gabor Peter, 86, who as postwar chief of Hungary's secret police was one of the nation's most hated and feared men, died Jan. 23 in Budapest. Peter joined Hungary's then-illegal Communist Party in 1931. After World War II, he became the party's security chief and headed the state security apparatus, the AVH, when the Communists seized power. When his Soviet mentor, Lavrenti Beria, was executed in 1953 after the death of Josef Stalin, Peter, who had allegedly tortured political opponents, was arrested and blamed for the Communists' show trials of 1948 to 1952. He was released from prison in 1959 and worked as a librarian.

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