"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 fourteenth issue of the newsletter. To consult it
On July 15, the Prime Minister presided over the ceremony for the restitution of books from the spoliated library of former minister Georges Mandel. This restitution follows a recommendation from the Commission for the compensation of victims of spoliations resulting for the anti-Semitic legislation in force during the Occupation (CIVS) in February 2021, and at the will of two German libraries (the Staatsbibliothek of Berlin and the Dresden University Library) to return them to their rightful owners.
The Ministry of Culture and its Research and Restitution Mission (M2RS) have just published their pages devoted to spoliated cultural property.
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.