Pierre Avot-Meyers Papers

Biographical / Historical Note

Born in Paris 1930, died in Nanterre, Hauts de Seine 2009; member of the Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT) 1948; worked in the Chausson car factories in Gennevilliers 1949; military service 1950-1952; worked in printing office in Meudon and again in the car factories in Gennevilliers; CGT employees' representative 1954-1958; member of the Parti Communiste Internationaliste (Trotskyist) since 1949; participated in youth brigades in Yugoslavia 1950; supporter of the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) during the Algerian War of Independence; fled after the discovery of the clandestine printing office of the Fourth International in Paris to Italy 1960; lived in Algeria after its independence in 1962 as a collaborator of the FLN journal El Moudjahid ; was arrested in 1965 after the coup of Houari Boumédiene and expelled to France; worked as corrector at the publishing house of Canard enchaîné in Paris; sided with Pablo (Michel Raptis) in the discussion which split up the Fourth International in 1965 and subsequently joined the International Revolutionary-Marxist Tendency.


Bulletins, tracts and other documents concerning the Parti Communiste Internationaliste (PCI)1940-1948 and n.d.; educational materials of the PCI 1948-1959; circulars, reports and other documents concerning the International Revolutionary-Marxist Tendency/Tendance Marxiste-Révolutionnaire Internationale (TMRI) 1964-1992; bulletins, pamphlets and other documents concerning the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) in France and of several relief committees concerning the Algerian War of Independence 1956-1978; documents concerning Ben Bella 1965-1978; documents concerning the criminal trial in Amsterdam versus Michel Raptis and Sal Santen , with some letters from prison by Michel Raptis 1960-1963; the Bulletin intérieur of the PCI 1943-1965; photocopies of typescripts ‘Un procès exemplaire. Algérie 1952. Récit autobiographique’ by Jean Jaffré 2003 and ‘Algies’ by Sid’Ali Boulaloua n.d.; some documentation.

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Inventory by Nico Jassies in 2011