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Belgium compensation – a clarification

Reports at the beginning of March appeared to suggest that the Belgium government was introducing a new fund to pay compensation to Holocaust survivors who were persecuted or lost assets.

It transpires that these reports were misinterpreted and that the announcements were simply reporting on the monies that the Belgium government had already provided and distributed to Holocaust survivors and their families.

Under the Indemnification Commission for the Belgian Jewish Community’s Assets, €110 million (approximately £85m) has been dispersed as reparations for a range of spoliations, including confiscation of personal belongings, life insurances and businesses as well as in recognition of having been subjected to forced labour.