Commission d’Études des Biens Juifs
[Study Commission on Jewish Assets]
The Study Commission on Jewish Assets was established by Royal Decree on July 6, 1997, and extended by the Act of January 15, 1999. The commission investigated the ways in which looting took place during the German occupation of Belgium, as well as the measures taken by the government and the private sector after World War II to restore looted property to its owners and to pay compensation. The Study Commission submitted a full report to the Belgian government on July 12, 2001. The report suggested that a new commission be created to investigate the indemnification claims. The report can be found at
M. Lucien Buysse, Chair
R. Van Doorslaer, Director
Services du Premier Ministre
Boulevard Bischoffsheim 38
Telephone: +32 2 214 09 10
Fax: +32 2 214 09 11
La Commission du dédommagement des membres de la Communauté juive de Belgique pour les biens dont ils ont été spoliés ou qu'ils ont délaissés pendant la guerre 1940–1945
[The Commission to Compensate the Members of the Belgian Jewish Community for Their Assets that Were Plundered or Abandoned during the Second World War, 1940—1945]
The Belgian Parliament is in the process of setting up this new commission, which was recommended by the Commission d’Études des Biens Juifs. The commission will begin its work in the spring of 2002 and will establish a system for processing applications for wartime indemnification claims and a protocol for compensating the claimants.
Marc De Trazegnies, Advisor Federal Public Service
Chancellery of the Prime Minister
Federal Public Department Chancellery and General Services
Rue de la Loi, 16 – Westraat 16
Telephone: +32 2 501 04 45
Services des Victimes de la Guerre
[Department of War Victims]
The Department of War Victims is responsible for paying annuities to political prisoners, deportees for forced labor, persons who refused forced labor, persons fighting against Nazism, Resistance members, wartime fishermen, or their rightful claimants. The application period for National Recognition Status and benefits has expired, with some exceptions.
Claire Barette, Director
Sophie Vandepontseele, Director of Archives and Documentation
Square de l’Aviation, 31
Telephone: +32 2 522 78 60
Fax: +32 2 522 76 22
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Belgium participated in the London Conference on Nazi Gold.
Belgium participated in the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets.
Belgium participated in the Vilnius International Forum on Holocaust Era Looted Cultural Assets. Proceedings of the Vilnius Forum can be found at