Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Spoliation
Resulting from the Anti-Semitic Ligislation in Force during the Occupation



The return of The Louvre and the Seine from the Pont-Neuf by Pissarro: a concerted effort that has paid off.
- 21/04/17

In February, the painting by Camille Pissarro The Louvre and the Seine from the Pont-Neuf was returned to the heirs of Max Heilbronn, who founded the Monoprix retail chain in 1932, fought for the French Resistance and was deported in 1944 to Buchenwald before serving as Chairman of the upmarket department store Galeries Lafayette between 1945 and 1971. Placed in a bank safe deposit box, the painting had been spoliated by the Germans during World War II.

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It's taken 75 years, but thanks to the CIVS the Signac in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's possession is finally being returned
- 27/02/17

In March, Paul Signac’s painting Sailing ship in a Western port will be returned to its rightful owners, the heirs of Marcel Koch who co-founded La Documentation française. In 1940 the Geheime Feldpolizei gave it to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as a thank you gift for a series of concerts in the East of France, and it has been in the latter’s possession ever since. This return has been made possible thanks to the CIVS’ expertise in seeking out heirs, mediation skills and knowledge of the history of spoliations.

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The CIVS signs an agreement with the Cercle de Généalogie Juive
- 27/01/17

On 21 October 2016, at the CIVS headquarters, Michel Jeannoutot, Chairman of the CIVS, and Bruno Bloch, Chairman of the Cercle de Généalogie Juive, signed an agreement setting out the terms and conditions for a new cooperative undertaking.


The questionnaire for opening a file accompanied by the power of attorney and the proxy form.

contact  CONTACT US

The CIVS is open from Mondy to Friday, 10:00am to 12:00pm and 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
phone number + 33 1 42 75 68 32
adresse66, rue de Bellechasse 75007 Paris


What does the CIVS do ?

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.

Are bank-related spoliations compensated ?

Bank-related compensation is governed by the Washington Agreement, signed between the French and American governments on 18 January 2001.

How do I submit a claim ?

Claimants must complete a questionnaire, available on this website, stating the name of the victim and the nature of the spoliation that took place.