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The Private Diaries (March 1940 to January 1941) of Paul Baudouin
The Private Diaries (March 1940 to January 1941) of Paul Baudouin
By
Eyre, 1948, 308 pp

A banker rather than politician, Baudouin was drawn into Reynaud's War Cabinet in April 1940 and served Pétain as Foreign Minister from June 1940 to January 1941, when he left public life because of the growing collaboration of Vichy with Hitler. His day-by-day record is historically important, the more so as Baudouin appears to have been sincere, if timid and politically unsophisticated.