Selected papers of Prime Minister Hubert Pierlo in London

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2011.39
  • RG-65.022M
1 Jan 1940 - 31 Dec 1944
Level of Description
  • French
  • Flemish
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

560 digital images, JPEG

1 microfilm reel (digitized), 35 mm


Biographical History

Hubert Marie Eugène, Count Pierlot (1883 - 1963) was a Belgian Walloon politician and jurist, the 32nd Prime Minister of Belgium between 1939 and 1945 (a mandate coinciding with World War II and Nazi Germany's occupation of the country). Pierlot later left for London, where he led the government in exile for the rest of the conflict. He gave full backing to the Free French Forces, recognizing Charles de Gaulle as the true leader of France in 1941. His government also directed the formation of the Free Belgian Forces, a force that grew to over 100,000 men under arms by VE Day. Upon his return to Belgium, he led another large coalition, which also included members of the Communist Party of Belgium. Later in 1945, Pierlot was appointed as the Minister of State.

Archival History

Archives générales du Royaume (Belgium)


Source of acquisition is the Archives générales du Royaume (Belgium); records created and collected by Hubert Pierlot during German occupation. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the collection from the National Archives of Belgium via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s International Archives Project in Jan. 2011.

Scope and Content

Contains selected records from the papers of Hubert Pierlot, Prime Minister of the government- in-exile in London during the German occupation of Belgium, and one of the most influential representatives of his country. This collection includes records on Belgian Congo and Belgian refugees in Portugal, many of whom were Jews.

System of Arrangement

Arrangement is thematic.Selection of files: nrs. 113, 253, 370, 456, 609, 617, 648.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Archives générales du Royaume (Belgium)




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