From firstname.lastname@example.org Mon Apr 17 19:31:45 EDT 2000 Article: 234251 of soc.culture.canada Path: hub.org!hub.org!ptdnetP!newsgate.ptd.net!feeder.qis.net!sunqbc.risq.qc.ca!newsfeed.telusplanet.net!cyclone.bc.net!news.sfu.ca!not-for-mail From: Grigori Khaskin
Newsgroups: soc.culture.jewish,soc.culture.israel,soc.culture.canada,soc.culture.europe Subject: French looting during the WWII Date: 17 Apr 2000 22:29:58 GMT Organization: Simon Fraser University Lines: 58 Message-ID: <email@example.com> NNTP-Posting-Host: fraser.host.sfu.ca X-Trace: morgoth.sfu.ca 956010598 26209 192.168.100.25 (17 Apr 2000 22:29:58 GMT) X-Complaints-To: firstname.lastname@example.org NNTP-Posting-Date: 17 Apr 2000 22:29:58 GMT User-Agent: tin/1.4.1-19991201 ("Polish") (UNIX) (SunOS/5.6 (sun4u)) Xref: hub.org soc.culture.jewish:457007 soc.culture.israel:260454 soc.culture.canada:234251 soc.culture.europe:214336 French auditors 'stunned' by extent of Nazis' looting of Jewish assets April 17, 2000 Web posted at: 11:25 AM EDT (1525 GMT) PARIS (AP) -- The French government on Monday acknowledged for the first time that the confiscation of Jewish assets during World War II totaled 8.8 billion francs ($1.3 billion), but claimed that only 2 billion ($294 million) had not been returned to survivors or their heirs. The 3,000-page report prepared by a special government commission headed by former French resistance fighter Jean Matteoli is France's answer to charges that the nation has been unwilling to face its own role in the Holocaust. The report outlined the collaborationist Vichy regime's systematic looting of Jewish property -- from bank accounts and insurance policies to art works and pianos -- as well as postwar restitution policies. "We discovered that the extent of the looting was far greater than we thought, but the good news is that restitutions after the war were also were greater than we had thought," historian Claire Andrieu told The Associated Press. The Nazis emptied some 30,000 Jewish apartments, shipping the contents to Germany. They also seized valuable art works owned by Jewish dealers and collectors in a plan established long before the 1940 invasion. Vichy's anti-Jewish measures banned Jews from many professions and owning businesses. Bank accounts were frozen, insurance policies and stock certificates were confiscated. Some 50,000 Jewish-owned companies were "aryanized" - turned over to non-Jews. Jews interned at French-run transit camps before being transferred to Auschwitz were stripped of all personal possessions. Their valuables were sold, the proceeds then turned over to the French national deposit bank, which holds the funds today. "The most stunning aspect of our findings is the extent of the looting," historian Annette Wieviorka told The Associated Press. "Every Jew in France was affected, from the poorest tailor to the richest art collector." About 76,000 Jews, including 12,000 children -- about a quarter of the Jews living in France -- were deported from France to Nazi death camps between 1941-44. Only about 2,500 survived. the rest of material at http://cnn.com/2000/WORLD/europe/04/17/france.jewishassets.ap/index.html
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