No. 12 (2016): Tropisch avontuur - Hongaren in de Nederlandse koloniën

Een Hongaarse putschist in Suriname

Published September 1, 2016
Michiel van Kempen
University of Amsterdam
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Frans Pavel Killinger was a Hungarian military and policeman, who tried to set up a coup d’état in 1901 in Suriname, colony of the Netherlands. He strongly criticized the corrupt late-colonial system and poor living conditions in Suriname, and visioned a state without army and with better living conditions for the people, led by himself. The attempt was unveiled and Killinger and his compatriots were sentenced to death. He was pardoned, spent some years in prison, and joined the Turkish army.