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


A first bill for the return or restitution of looted works of art
- 04/05/22

On February 15, Parliament has definitively adopted the bill relating to the return or restitution of looted works of art to victims of spoliation. After a vote by the National Assembly on January 25, the Senate voted in favor of this text on February 15. The text may be consulted on the following the Official Journal’s website. The CIVS behind this legislative initiative welcomes the rapid and unanimous adoption of the text by Parliament.

Four more works returned on December 22, 2021
- 26/01/22

On December 22, four more MNR works were returned on the recommendation of the CIVS : Paysage (a watercolor by Georges Michel), Portrait de femme (drawing by Paul Delaroche), another Portrait de femme (drawing by Auguste Hesse) and Marée basse à Grandcamp (watercolor by Jules-Jacques Veyrassat). These four works belonged to major Egyptian Jewish collector Moïse Lévi de Benzion, whose home, Château de Draveil, was looted in 1940. In this case, the main difficulty was knowing who to return these works to.

Discover the twelfth issue of the European restitution committees newsletter
- 26/01/22

The Network of European Restitution Committees has published the twelfth issue of the newsletter. To consult it


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


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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.