"In concealing nothing about the dark hours of our history we are simply standing up for a vision of humanity, of human liberty and dignity"
Jacques Chirac, extract from the speech delivered on 16 July 1995, at the commemoration of the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup
76.000 Jews were deported from France between 1942 and 1944.
"100.000 objects and work of art were looted, along with several million books."
Jean Mattéoli, Working Party on the Spoliation of Jews in France : general report, 2000.
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The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the tenth issue of the newsletter. To consult it
On the recommendation of the CIVS, Prime Minister Jean Castex has decided to return to the descendants of the Jewish lawyer Armand Dorville twelve works acquired by the French State in 1942. These artworks are currently in the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Château de Compiègne.
They have to get a special authorization in order to be taken away out of the national collections. The French Government will present a draft law to effectively implement this decision.
A casebook Recueil des arrêts du Conseil d’Etat statuant au contentieux et des décisions du Tribunal des Conflits et de la Cour des Comptes, Recueil Sirey, Paris, 1911, was seized by the German occupation forces from the library of the Ministère de l’Air (Ministry of Air) in Paris. The book was then passed on to the “Institut für Staatsforschung”, a Nazi organ under the supervision of Himmler from 1939. During the Second World War, the Institut was directly commissioned by the National Socialist regime to produce notes and studies for propaganda purposes in the light of documents looted and plundered from the occupied territories. This mission justified the enrichment of his library through wartime looting and plundering.
The CIVS provides the Prime Minister with the means to provide compensation for the material and financial spoliations that took place in France during the Occupation.
Bank-related compensation is governed by the Washington Agreement, signed between the French and American governments on 18 January 2001.
Claimants must complete a questionnaire, available on this website, stating the name of the victim and the nature of the spoliation that took place.