maestro Endre Kabos won four Olympic medals for Hungary.
the Individual gold medal at the 1936 Olympics Games, and
Team Sabre gold medals at the 1932 and 1936 Games. He also
won an Olympic bronze medal in Individual Sabre in 1932.
gained national prominence in 1928 when he won the Individual
Sabre gold medal at the Slovakian Championships.
In 1930, he took the Individual silver medal at the European
Championships. Between 1931 and 1935, Kabos won numerous
European Individual and Team Sabre honors: Individual gold
medals in 1933 and 1934; and Team gold medals in 1931,
1933, 1934 and 1935. (In 1937, the European Championships
renamed ‘World Championships’.)
Kabos was more
economically challenged than most of his top level Hungarian
fencing compatriots. Following the Hungarian
team’s triumph at the 1934 Europeans, Kabos retired
from competition to open a grocery store. However, through
the good graces of a patron, he was able to resume his
fencing career and lead Hungary to its 1935 Euro Team title
pair of 1936 Olympic gold medals.
There are various are
accounts of Kabos’ fate following
Germany’s World War II occupation of Hungary, but
each ends with the same outcome. Kabos was sent to a forced
camp where he was interred for at least three months. With
the aid of a compassionate guard, he escaped and joined
the Hungarian underground. According to one report, the
Sabre champion lost his life defending the Margit Bridge
that separates the cities of Buda and Pest. Another account
claims he was killed when a munitions truck he was driving
exploded as he attempted to cross the bridge, plunging
the truck into the Danube River.