John Updike

Arpad Goncz, Hungary's 1st post-communist president, dies

Arpad Goncz, a much-loved Hungarian writer and translator who survived a communist-era life sentence for taking part in the 1956 anti-Soviet revolt and later become Hungary's first democratically chosen president, died Tuesday at age 93. Parliament deputy speaker Istvan Hiller announced the death to lawmakers, adding, "he was a legend already during his lifetime." Lawmakers stood for a minute of silence in honor of his memory. "(Goncz) was loyal all his life to patriotism, democracy and humanity's European system of values," said President Janos Ader. A statement from Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government said Goncz had "served the renascent...