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Jenő Rátz
Born 20 September 1882 (1882-09-20)
Died 1949 (1950) (aged 67)
Place of birth Nagybecskerek (Veliki Bečkerek), Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (today Vojvodina, Serbia)
Place of death Budapest, People's Republic of Hungary
Allegiance Austria-Hungary Austria-Hungary
Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Kingdom of Hungary
Years of service 1904–1945
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars World War I

Vitéz Jenő Rátz de Nagylak (20 September 1882 – 1949) was a Hungarian military officer and politician, who served as Minister of Defence in 1938.

He fought in the First World War. During the Hungarian Soviet Republic he served in the National Army. From 1 October 1936 he became Chief of Army Staff of the Magyar Honvédség. Béla Imrédy appointed him as Minister of Defence. After that he was a representative in the House of Representatives of Hungary. During the cabinet of Döme Sztójay he was a minister without portfolio and Deputy Prime Minister. On that score, after the war the People's Tribune sentenced to death but later the judgement was changed: Rátz was sentenced to life imprisonment. He died in the prison after four years.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vilmos Rőder
Minister of Defence
1938
Succeeded by
Károly Bartha
Preceded by
Zsigmond Perényi
Speaker of the House of Magnates
1944–1945
Succeeded by
office abolished
Military offices
Preceded by
Colonel-General József Somkuthy
Chief of the General Staff
1 October 1936 – 24 May 1938
Succeeded by
Lieutenant-General Lajos Keresztes-Fischer

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