The destruction of the elite


We continue our series of excerpts from Jaap Scholten’s Comrade Baron. A Journey through the Vanishing World of the Transylvanian Aristocracy, recently released in English by Corvina Kiadó. Scholten, a Dutch writer and journalist, has lived in Hungary since 2003. Comrade Baron, his first non-fiction work, traces the lives of members of the Transylvanian aristocracy before and after March 1949, when the collectivisation of agriculture under the new communist regime included the expropriation and deportation of all large landowners.