Pál Auer the unknown peace diplomat

However Pál Auer had a key role in the peace movements and internationalism in Hungary his name unknown to the general public. Pál Auer was born in Budapest in 1885 and he became a lawyer after his studies in Budapest, Vienna, Berlin and London. Even before the First World War he committed himself to serving transnational cooperation. His doctoral thesis was written about the Hague Conventions of 1898 and 1907. After serving during the World War as a lieutenant he published his book titled The League of Nations in December 1918. One month later Pál Auer represented Hungary at the International Conference on the League of Nations. Later he opened a law office dealing with international affairs. In 1923 he became the president of the Hungarian Peace Association a year later the head of the Hungarian bureau of the Pan-European Union. Thanks to his efforts he was commissioned to develop proposals to reform the League of Nations.

 

He entered to the political scene during the 1930s as member of the opposition movement and also strong opponent of the country’s German alliance. During the Second World War he tried to offset the pro-German media and propaganda but during the German occupation he had to hide. In 1946 he travelled to Paris as ambassador of Hungary but later he resigned and stayed in France.  His political writings, besides the issue of European unity, dealt mainly with the peaceful resolution of the conflicts of great powers. He was an expert for the Radio Free Europe and also was one of the main editors of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution’s broadcast for abroad.  Pál Auer died in Paris in 1978.