Jewish community gets €35 million
The Commission for the Compensation of the Jewish Community in Belgium has finally been granted €35.2 million for 5,210 individual files.
The Commission for the Compensation of the Jewish Community in Belgium has finally been granted €35.2 million for 5,210 individual files. A further €65 was awarded to the Jewish community as a whole.
For 88 percent of the dossiers compensation was granted. However, only 31.8 percent of the available amount for individual claims was granted. The rest of the available money, some €65 million, went to the Foundation of Jewish cultural, social and religious activities in Belgium, for the benefit of the Jewish community as a whole.
During the commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust in September 2000, Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (Flemish liberal) promised that they would receive compensation for the possessions stole from them and their families by German occupiers during World War II.
Lucien Buysse, the chairman of the commission, pointed out that there was a large discrepancy between the number of Jews that were deported from Belgium (30,291) and the number of claims.
"23,369 adults never came back from the camps," states the commission report.