"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.
Contact the CIVS by post :
20 avenue de Ségur 75007 PARIS
or by email :
On October 9th, 2017 the CIVS will move to 20, avenue de Ségur, PARIS VIIe
On Tuesday 4 July 2017, the Director of Archives of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Chairperson of the Commission pour l’Indemnisation des Victimes de Spoliations (CIVS – Commission for Compensating the Victims of Spoliations) signed the renewal of the convention that has linked those two departments of the State since April 2016.
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.
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.