European governments are asking Germany to stop payments to non-Germans who pledged allegiance to Hitler and cooperated with the murderous regime. Almost 75 years after World War II, Germany still pays monthly pensions to collaborators of the Nazi regime.
A Belgian researcher specializing in WWII, Alvin de Coninck, said the payments range from €435 to €1,275 a month, while Belgian survivors who were made slaves by Nazi Germany receive only €50.
A committee of the Belgian parliament this week voted for a resolution, telling the German government to stop the payments and publish a list of the Nazi collaborators receiving them.
“The receipt of pensions for collaborating with one of the most murderous regimes in history is in clear contradiction to the work of remembrance and for peace constituted in the European project,” the resolution that was passed unanimously declares.
German authorities have “consistently refused to communicate the list of pension recipients to their Belgian counterparts, citing legal concerns around the protection of privacy,” according to le Soir newspaper.
Authorities in Belgium say the situation was the same in the UK, where former SS are still receiving payments directly from the German government.
German payments to Nazi collaborators has been a concern in Belgium since the existence of the pensions were first uncovered. In 2012, it emerged that around 2,500 Belgians were still receiving some form of German state pension.