The CIVS search team in the Paris Archives searches three fundamental archive groups, at the request of the Control & Investigation Network:
The first group is the records of War Damages which indicate whether a claim in this respect was made against the French government after the war.
If an heir or the direct victim had brought legal proceedings after the war to recover his property, it is possible to retrieve the official transcripts of the proceedings. These searches are made in the second group, the records relating to restitution orders.
The third group of records is that of the registry of trade and the registry of crafts. This does not relate to the pillaging of apartments, but to the existence of a business. These records enable the life of the business to be followed from its opening by the victim up to its closure or sale. Consulting these records is vital in a case of economic Aryanization. If the spoliation took place in the provinces, the search team at the National Archives applies for a search in the départemental archives in place over the whole territory.
Once the information has been obtained, it is returned to the Control & Investigation Network for processing.
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