French Freedom PapersMain MenuLettersSummaries of the translated letters of the French Freedom Papers collectionRelevant FiguresProvides context about the people sending, receiving, and mentioned in these lettersRelevant Events & PlacesProvides context about the historical events and places being discussed in the lettersReferencesSources used to give context to the historical events and figures found in the letters.External ResourcesLinks to external sites about Charles de Gaulle, World War II, Free French, and this collectionTranslation MethodsKSU French 7208b42ed21d3c5345086d6fd65589ad65f6b323f0c
12016-10-02T17:01:27-07:00Mary Hellmer9543bbbc864f26c17be9a9d2ad5b4c1fb3a2b37898636plain2016-12-06T17:52:42-08:00Mary Hellmer9543bbbc864f26c17be9a9d2ad5b4c1fb3a2b378Maurice Pinot (1907-1980) was the National Commissioner of Political/War Prisoners (Commissaire National aux Prisonniers de Guerre) from 1940 to 1943 under the Vichy regime. Pinot was anti-collaboration, though interestingly still a proponent of Philippe Petain (and opponent of Pierre Laval). During his time as Commissioner, Pinot resisted collaboration policy by fabricating false documentation for many political prisoners, allowing for their escape. When, in 1943, he was fired by Laval, Pinot (along with several others, including a young Francois Mitterrand) joined the Free French and founded the National Coalition of Political/War Prisoners (Rassemblement national des Prisonniers de Guerre; "Notice biographique...").
12016-10-02T16:04:36-07:00Mary Hellmer9543bbbc864f26c17be9a9d2ad5b4c1fb3a2b378Relevant Figures40Provides context about the people sending, receiving, and mentioned in these lettersplain2016-12-07T12:28:51-08:00Adam Hewitt-Smith5668a062423ae2835c759a6a3349d8986e6a4532