[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 April, 2004, 00:27 GMT 01:27 UK
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.


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



SEE ALSO:
Hungarian POW identified
17 Sep 00  |  Europe
Hungarian POW finds his tongue
17 Sep 00  |  Europe
Hungarian POW to go home after 55 years
02 Aug 00  |  Media reports


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific