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Dec 2002 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

Belgian Restitution Commission

Applications for compensation in respect of assets looted in Belgium during the Second World War can be made to the Indemnification Commission for the Belgian Jewish Community’s Assets. The Commission was created in December 2001 following the work of the Study Commission on Jewish Assets initiated in July 1997.

While the total amount to be distributed by the Commission has not yet been disclosed (the Jewish community continues to be involved in three sets of negotiations with Belgian banks, insurance companies and the government), the fund is expected to be endowed with €110m (approximately £73 million).

Anyone who has previously completed an application form for asset restitution to the Belgian office of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation or the Belgian Jewish community does not have to complete another form. Heirs of the original owners of assets are also eligible to apply.

The 2,000 already filed claims will be passed to the Commission early next year for assessment. Applications must be filed by 19 March 2003 and the Commission hopes to complete its work by the summer of 2004.

To receive a claim form and explanatory materials, please write direct to the Commission at: Federal Public Department Chancellery and General Services, 16 rue de la Loi, Wetstraat 16, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. The telephone number is 0032 2 501 04 45. Enquiries can also be made via email to marc.detrazegnies@premier.fed.be.

For further information and details of the work of the Commission, visit www.combuysse.fgov.be and follow the links.
 

Further help

Written enquiries should be sent to Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), 1 Hampstead Gate, 1a Frognal, London NW3 6AL. For assistance with the completion of application forms, please telephone 020 7431 6161 for an appointment.

Michael Newman

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