Over 2,500 Belgian ex-Nazis receiving German pensions
June 9, Berlin: More than 2,500 Belgian ex-Nazis are receiving German pensions and survivors of persecution appealed to the government to stop the payments.
Belgian Pensions Minister Daniel Bacquelaine has voiced concern about the pensions. that as many as 2,500 Belgian ex-Nazis are receiving German pensions.
Belgian survivors of Nazi persecution Geraldine Lamoureux said Germany manages the payments and "we have no official figures" for the recipients, Geraldine Lamoureux added.
After the 1945 liberation, 57,000 Belgian collaborators were convicted.
Belgians were recruited into the German SS and Wehrmacht, and collaborators also helped the Nazis to send Jews and resistance fighters to concentration camps.
The petition to stop the German pension payments was the initiative of the Memorial Group - Belgians who survived the Nazi camps and who want modern Belgium to remember the wartime occupation, reports said.
The group's president, Pieter Paul Baeten, quoted by Belgian broadcaster RTBF, said: "It's sad. Belgium can't get hold of the information [on pension recipients], or doesn't want to.
According to the reports, it is not clear if those receiving the pensions are all living in Belgium.
The Oslo Times International News Network