Accelerating the future
requests in France
continue to climb.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
ompensation claims by
Holocaust survivors and
their families against the
French government have
doubled over the course of the past
year, reaching tens of millions of dol-
lars, according to the latest report by a
French government commission.
Set up in 1999, the Commission for
the Compensation for Victims of
Spoilation, or CIVS, is charged with
investigating compensation claims
resulting from anti-Semitic legislation
enacted by the collaborationist Vichy
regime during World War II, includ-
ing the confiscation of property and
the freezing of Jewish bank accounts.
The CIVS followed the work of the
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Matteoli Commission, which was set
up by the previous socialist govern-
ment in 1995. For the first time since
the war, that commission established
the role played by the Vichy regime in
the confiscation of Jewish property.
In his annual report to Prime
Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the
CIVS chairman, Pierre Drai, wrote
that CIVS had made an average of
250 recommendations per month for
compensation in 2002. As of March
31, 2003, the commission had
received 14,400 claims, from which it
had made 5,600 compensation recom-
mendations to the government.
The claims have reached approxi-
mately $94 million, of which the state
is responsible for around 95 percent,
or $91 million, to compensate for
"material confiscations" such as busi-
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