Iván vitéz Hindy de Kishind or vitéz kishindi Hindy Iván, born 28-06-1890, Budapest was an officer in the Royal Hungarian Army during World War II.
He came from a noble family and his ancestors followed the Roman Catholic religion. His father Géza Hindy dr. (1850-1895) MÁV official, mother Ilona Ziska. His uncle Árpád Hindy dr. (1843-1898) editor. Paternal grandparents: Júlia Nehéz and Iván Hindy Dr. (1800-1875) Lawyer, field judge. His grandfather’s brother: Mihály Hindy (1807-1870), a Roman Catholic priest, Latin and Hungarian teacher in Vác. Paternal grandparents: János Hindy, land owner, and Kata Kovács. Iván Hindy’s brother Zoltán Hindy Dr. (1880-1951) lawyer and politician.
Ceneraloberst Hindy commanded the Hungarian I Corps, that participated in the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia, from 16-10-1944 to 12-02-1945.
From 29-12-1944, Hindy also commanded the Hungarian defenders of Budapest during the Siege of Budapest. The Siege of Budapest or Battle of Budapest was the 50-day-long encirclement by Soviet and Romanian forces of the Hungarian capital of Budapest, near the end of World War II. Part of the broader Budapest Offensive, the siege began when Budapest, defended by Hungarian and German troops, was first encircled on 26-12-1944 by the Red Army and the Romanian Army. During the siege, about 38,000 civilians died through starvation or military action. The city unconditionally surrendered on 13-02-1945. It was a strategic victory for the Allies in their push towards Berlin.
On 11-02-1945, Hindy was captured by the Soviets trying to escape just prior to the fall of the city on 13 February. The commander of the German defenders of Budapest, SS Obergruppenführer and commander of the IX SS Mountain Corps, Waffen SS, Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch, orchestrated the breakout attempt and was also captured. The IX Waffen Mountain Corps of the SS (Croatian) was raised on 21-06-1944 in Bácsalmás, Hungary as a command formation for the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian) under command of SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Desiderius Hampel and the 23rd Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Kama (2nd Croatian) under the command of SS-Gruppenführer Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig. here on the right The 13th SS Division was not initially transferred to the corps, being involved in fighting against Yugoslav Partisans in the Independent State of Croatia. In August, due to high rates of desertion from 13th SS Division, Sauberzweig proposed to disarm the Bosnians in both 13th SS Division and 23rd SS Division, but Heinrich Himmler instead opted to transport the 2,000 Bosnians of 23rd SS Division from Hungary to Bosnia and re-organise the remaining troops of both divisions there, with key support units from 13th SS Division centralised under IX SS Mountain Corps, which would also move to Bosnia from Hungary. SS Gruppenführer Desiderius Hampel was slated for extradition to Yugoslavia to face war crime charges, but fled from a British prisoner-of-war camp in Fallingbostel and died 11-01-1981, old aged 85, in Graz, Styria, Austria. SS Gruppenführer Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig on 20-10-1946, age 47, committed suicide in Civil Internment Camp No. 6 (formerly Neuengamme concentration camp) by swallowing poison rather than face extradition and trial in Yugoslavia.
Death and burial ground of Hindy, Ivan.
Hindy was a prisoner to 1946 and sentenced to death and total seizure of property.. He was executed by a firing squad on 29-08-1946, age 56, in Budapest. After the death sentence upheld on 29-08-1946, his judges did not offer a pardon as Hindy was executed at 3 p.m. two hours later. According to Péter Gosztonyi, the main reason for his hanging was the sabotage of the Horthy uprising of 15-10-1944.
Ivan Hindty is buried on the New Public Cemetery, in Budapest and my friend Radek Hroch visited the cemetery and sent me, gratefull, the grave photo’s.