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Belgium: Compensation of Holocaust Survivors

(Apr. 2, 2008) The Commission on Restitution for Holocaust Victims (Commission pour le dédommagement des membres de la Communauté juive de Belgique) issued its final report on February 4, 2008. The Commission reviewed 5,620 claims and awarded compensation in 5,210 cases, for a total amount of €35.2 million (about US$55.4 million). One hundred sixty-two awards amounted to more than €20,000 each. The Commission had at its disposal €110.6 million contributed by the Belgian state (€45.6 million) and Belgian banks (€65 million). The remainder, €75.4 million, will go to the Jewish Foundation (Fondation du judaïsme) in Belgium to support its cultural, social, and religious activities on behalf of the Jewish community. (Commission pour le dédommagement des membres de la Communauté juive de Belgique, RAPPORT FINAL (Feb. 4, 2008), available at http://combuysse.fgov.be/fr/index.html.)