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A new panel for the CIVS

On 16 September, the deliberative panel of the CIVS was renewed by decree published in the Official Journal.


The CIVS is moving

On October 9th, 2017 the CIVS will move to 20, avenue de Ségur, PARIS VIIe

The CIVS and the diplomatic archives renew a successful partnership

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.


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

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.

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

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.

The CIVS signs an agreement with the Cercle de Généalogie Juive

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.