VERITAS Research Institute and Archives

Sándor Szakály

Director

Curriculum Vitae

Place and Date of Birth: Törökkoppány, November 23rd, 1955

VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives
H-1093 Budapest, Zsil utca 2–4.
Email: sandor.szakaly@veritas.gov.hu
Telephone: +36-1-795-12-84
Mobile: +36-30-790-32-49

EDUCATION

2006 Habilitated Doctor of Historical Sciences (ELTE)
2006 Doctor of MTA (Historical Sciences) (MTA)
1990 Candidate of Historical Sciences (MTA)
1982 Doctor of Humanities (History) (ELTE)
1975–1980 ELTE BTK, History – Library profession
1970–1974 Munkácsy Mihály High School, Kaposvár

 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014– Director, VERITAS Research Institute for History 
2014– Head of Department, Professor, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest
2013–2014 Vice-Rector for Science and Research, National University of Public Service, Budapest
2013–2014 Professor, Faculty of Law Enforcement, National University of Public Service, Budapest
2012–2014 Thread Group Leader, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Research Centre for the Humanities, Institute of History, Horthy-era theme group, Budapest
2012–2013 Professor, Head of Institute, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest
2011–2013 Founder and Director, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Doctoral School of History, Budapest
2011–2012 Head of Department, Professor, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest
2010–2011 Professor, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest
2009–2010 Professor, University of Pannonia, Veszprém
2007–2009 Lecturer, Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences, Budapest
2007–2009 Professor, Semmelweis University Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Budapest
2006–2007 Scientific Advisor, Semmelweis University Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Budapest
2005–2006 Scientific Researcher, Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security, Budapest
2004–2005 Advisor to the Director-General, National Archives of Hungary, Budapest
2001–2004 Vice-President, Duna Television Inc., Budapest
2001–2001 Cultural Manager, Duna Television Inc., Budapest
1999–2000 Director-General Ministry of Defence Military History Institute and Museum, Budapest
1997–1999 Senior Research Fellow, Ministry of Defence Military History Institute and Museum, Budapest
1992–1997  Deputy Head of Branch Ministry of Defence Military History Institute and Museum Vienna Branch, Vienna
1991–1992  Head of Department, Ministry of Defence Military History Institute and Museum, Department of Recent and Contemporary History, Budapest
1990–1991  Senior Research Fellow, Ministry of Defence Military History Institute and Museum, Budapest
1982–1990  Research Fellow, Ministry of Defence Military History Institute and Museum, Budapest
1980–1982  Research Assistant, Ministry of Defence Military History Institute and Museum, Budapest

PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC COMMISSIONS

2019– Member, “Thirty Years Free” (Commemorating thirty years since the end of communism in Hungary) Memorial Committee
2018– Member, First World War Centenary Memorial Committee 
2018– Member, National University of Public Service University Habilitation Committee
2018– Deputy Director, Society for Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge
2017– Member, MTA History Commission
2000–2003  Vice-President, MTA History Commission
1997–2014  Member, MTA History Commission
2011–2015  Vice-President, Hungarian Historical Society
2007–2011  Secretary, Hungarian Historical Society
2003–2007  Vice-President, Hungarian Historical Society
1991–1992  Secretary, Hungarian Historical Society
1991–2015 Elected Member of the Governing Board, Hungarian Historical Society
2015– Vice President, Szemere Bertalan Academic Society of the History of Hungarian Law Enforcement
2013– Member, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church Doctoral and Habilitation Committee
2010– Member, Eszterházy Károly University Institutional Doctoral Council
2011– President, Ministry of Defence Military History Institute and Museum Scientific Council
1999–2007 Vice-President of Education and Research Committee, Ministry of Defence
1997–2000 Member, Scientific Council of the National Archives of Hungary

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

2011– President, Military Tradition Association
2007– Chairman of the Board, Austrian-Hungarian Scientific and Educational Cooperation Action Foundation
2004–2007 Member of the Board, Austrian-Hungarian Scientific and Educational Cooperation Action Foundation
1999–2004 Chairman of the Board, Austrian-Hungarian Scientific and Educational Cooperation Action Foundation
2009– Vice-President, Council of the Hungarian Olympic Academy
2001–2009 Member, Council of the Hungarian Olympic Academy
1985–1992 Member, Council of the Hungarian Olympic Academy
2001–2016 Committee Member, International Association of Hungarian Studies
2012–2014 Leader, National Cultural Fund, Educational and Literature College
2014–2015 Member, National Cultural Fund, Educational and Literature College
1999–2003 Member, National Cultural Fund Committee
2005–2011  Member of the Board, Public Foundation for Habsburg Studies
2003–  Chairman of the Board, Sandor Marai Cultural Foundation
1999– Member, National Funeral (2006 National Memorial and Tribute) Committee
1993–2011  Secretary of the Board, Hungarian Historical Film Foundation (Foundation 2006)

EDITORIAL BOARD, EDITORIAL MEMBERSHIPS

2017– Editorial Board Member, Rendvédelem-történeti Füzetek
2017– Editorial Board Member, Rubicon
2016– Editorial Board Member, Emlékeztető
2015– Editorial Board Member, Századok
2014– Editorial Board Member, Central European Papers
2013– Editorial Board Member, Társadalom és Honvédelem / Society and National Defense
2013– Editorial Board Member, Nemzetbiztonsági Szemle
2013–2014 Editorial Board Member, Szakmai Szemle 
2012– Editorial Board Member, Történelmi Szemle / Historical Review
2012– Editorial Board Member, Honvédségi Szemle / Military Review
2010–2017 Editorial Board Member, Rubicon
2003–2008 Editorial Board Member, Csángó Tükör
2001–2003 Editorial Board Member, New Hungarian Review
2001– Editorial Board Member, Magyar Napló
1999–2000  Chairman of the Editorial Board, Hadtörténelmi Közlemények / Military Historical Review
1997– Editorial Board Member, Bécsi Napló
1993–2007  Editorial Board Member, New Military Review
1991– Editorial Board Member, Hadtörténelmi Közlemények  / Military Historical Review
1993–2000  Chairman of the Historical Section, Iskolakultúra

AWARDS AND HONORS

2018 The Laurel Wreath Class National Defence Cross
2019 Eötvös József Achievement Award and Certificate
2018 Author of the Year (Magyar Idők Publishing) 
2017 Bugát Pál Medal 
2016 Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary Silver Merit Cross
2015 The First Class National Defence Cross
2015 Author of the Year
2015 Szemere Bertalan Award
2015 Világ Magyarságáért Award
2014 For the City of Kaposvár Award
2013 The Key of our Age Award
2012 Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
2011 Dr. Szobonya Zoltán Medal
2002 Supka Géza Medal
2001 Zrínyi Miklós Award
2001 The First Class National Defence Cross
2000 The First Class National Defence Cross
1998  The Second Class National Defence Cross
1994  The Second Class National Defence Cross
1993 Bezerédj Award

LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Russian, Hungarian state language exam level C1, extended with military professional language
  • German, Hungarian state language exam level B2, extended with military professional language
  • English, elementary (Nazareth College / Rochester, N. Y.,USA/)

MAIN RESEARCH SUBJECT MATTER

  • Hungary in WWII (1938–1945)
  • Hungarian Royal Gendarmerie (1919–1945)
  • Hungarian military leadership (1919–1945)
  • Hungarian basic training and officer training (1868–1945)
  • History of Hungarian sport

PUBLICATIONS

MTMT Database