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Hungary's 'last POW' laid to rest
Andras Toma
After 53 years in a Russian hospital, Toma had forgotten his name
A former Hungarian prisoner of war - who spent half a century in a Russian psychiatric hospital - has been buried with military honours.

Andras Toma was captured by Soviet forces shortly before the end of World War II.

After two years in a detention camp, he was banished to a psychiatric hospital in Kotelnich - 900km east of Moscow.

He was kept there for 53 years because none of the staff could understand his native Hungarian.

It was only when a Hungarian-speaking Slovak doctor met Mr Toma by chance at the clinic and thought he recognised his language that his plight was uncovered.

His case was widely publicised in a bid to trace his relatives.

After being inundated with people claiming to be his family, a brother and half-sister were finally identified.

Around 2,000 people attended his funeral at his home town of Nyiregyhaza in eastern Hungary.

The BBC's Nick Thorpe
"He was buried with full military honours"

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