No former SS members receiving pensions in Belgium, says German authorities

No former SS members receiving pensions in Belgium, says German authorities
The Belgian Parliament's foreign affairs commission responded to concerns voiced by politicians, agreeing "the Belgian government should ask Germany to end pensions for Belgian Nazi collaborators". File image.

No former Nazi SS soldiers are receiving disability pensions in Belgium, German authorities have said, responding to concerns raised by politicians there.

The Labour Ministry said 18 people in Belgium are receiving war disability pensions but "there are no former members of the Waffen SS" among them.

The ministry checked records after the Belgian parliament's foreign affairs commission responded to concerns voiced by politicians, agreeing "the Belgian government should ask Germany to end pensions for Belgian Nazi collaborators".

When established in 1950 by West Germany, some 4.4 million people, both civilian and military, qualified for "victims of war" pensions.

In 1998, a law was passed to revoke the pensions of those found to have participated in "crimes against the principles of humanity".

A review in 2016 found only 99 had been removed through until 2013.

- PA

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