Paul Émile JANSON

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Belgian, Dutch, Luxembourger and Swiss politician

BelgianBorn Paul Émile JANSON

Belgian liberal politician

Born on May 30, 1872 in Brussel, België

Died on March 03, 1944 in Buchenwald, Duitsland

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Born in Brussels, Janson was the son of liberal statesman Paul Janson (died 1913). He studied law at the Free University of Brussels (now split into the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel), practised as a lawyer, and also taught at the university. Janson was elected as a liberal to the Belgian Chamber of Representatives in 1910. He held various minister posts including War, Justice and Foreign affairs. He was made an honorary Minister of State in 1931.

He served as the 30th Prime Minister of Belgium in 1937–1938. In the early part of the Second World War, Janson served as Foreign minister, and as minister with portfolio, in the government of Hubert Pierlot. He remained in France when the government in exile moved to London. In 1943 he was detained by the occupying German forces and incarcerated in the Buchenwald concentration camp. He died there in 1944.


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