Endre Kabos

Endre Kabos

Endre Kabos

Hungarian fencer; European Champion (sixfold), Olympic Champion (threefold)

Endre Kabos was born in Oradea, Romania. He started to do sports like fencing in the high school, for some persuasions by his parents. His master was Italo Santelli. He was member of two famous clubs, namely: VAC (Fencing- and Athletic Club) and István Tisza Fencing Club (from 1930). He won his first important prize in 1928, but from 1934 he used to be a fencer of the UTE (Ujpest Gymnastics Association).

He became an Olympic Champion in Los Angeles, 1932, and in Berlin, 1936 as a member of the Hungarian team. Talking about his individual competitions, he received the bronze medal in 1932, and the golden one in 1936. As a tribute, management of Shire Bihar asked him to plant a memorial tree because he was born in Bihar. This memorial oak came from Berlin, the Olympic Games and it was planted in Berettyóújfalu. The tree is still under protection of the public.

Carreer of Kabos was very successful, he won six European Champion titles, and two of them were individual competitions. By approaching the war, he could not race any more, because of the new segregation laws, unfortunately he was forced to gave up sports. In 1944, he was constrained to be a labor serviceman because of his Jewish origin. While his deportation, his truck was exploded on the Margaret Bridge. In 1986, he was elected to be a honorary member in the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Zoltán Syposs, contemporary writer remembered him as follows:

“A modest, quiet, fair-spoken man, an intellectual phenomenon. Even though he was said to be – perhaps better known by others – a man for whom jokes and fun were essential. He usually represented tales and his small observations happily – I can remember him as somebody who sometimes suggested something quiet melancholy and concealed pain, together with some veiled humour.”