Edmond Michelet

Edmond Michelet (8 October 1899, in Paris – 9 October 1970, in Brive) was a French politician. He is the father of the writer Claude Michelet. [1]

Edmond Michelet
Edmond Michelet em visita ao Brasil (1960).tif
French Minister of Justice
In office
8 January 1959 – 24 August 1961
PresidentCharles de Gaulle
Prime MinisterMichel Debré
Preceded byMichel Debré
Succeeded byBernard Chenot
Personal details
Born(1899-10-08)8 October 1899
Paris, France
Died9 October 1970(1970-10-09) (aged 71)
Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
NationalityFrench

On 17 June 1940, he distributed tracts calling to continue the war in all Brive-la-Gaillarde's mailboxes. It is considered to be the first act of resistance of World War II in France, one day before Charles de Gaulle's Appeal of 18 June.

He helped many victims of the Nazis in occupied France, including Catholic philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand. In 1943 he was arrested and incarcerated at the Dachau concentration camp where he assisted other prisoners during a typhus epidemic and was infected himself. He wore the armband No. 52579 [2] When Dachau was liberated he was still aiding the sick and was the last to leave, on 26 May 1945. [3] (While a prisoner, he was helped by abbé Franz Stock.)

He was elected to the French Parliament on 21 October 1945. [4] He was made minister of the Army by Charles de Gaulle in 1946.

He served as Minister of Justice from 1959 to 1961.

Michelet was the main collaborator of Abraham Vereide, the leader of the Family fundamentalist organisation, based in the United States.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Serge Besanger, Les indomptables, Paris, Éditions Nouvelle Cité, 2020, p. 43.
  2. ^ Serge Besanger, Les indomptables, Paris, Éditions Nouvelle Cité, 2020, p. 131.
  3. ^ Serge Besanger, Les indomptables, Paris, Éditions Nouvelle Cité, 2020, p. 236.
  4. ^ Serge Besanger, Les indomptables, Paris, Éditions Nouvelle Cité, 2020, p. 252.
  5. ^ Doug Ireland, Hillary, l’Amérique, et l’intégrisme chrétien, Bakchich, 13 April 2008 (account of Jeff Sharlet, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, HarperCollins, 2008) (in French)

Further readingEdit

  • Edmond Michelet.Rue de La Liberté. Dachau 1943–1945. Seuil: Paris, 1955, 1983.
  • Alice von Hildebrand. The Soul of A Lion. A Biography. Ignatius Press, 2000, ISBN 0-89870-801-X
  • Serge Besanger. Les Indomptables. Edmond et Marie Michelet. Nouvelle Cité, 2020, ISBN 978-2-37582-108-4

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