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Hitler decree means 'up to 2,500' Belgian Nazis could still be claiming German benefits

Hitler decree means 'up to 2,500' Belgian Nazis could still be claiming German benefits

Keyan Milanian | Mirror

Up to 2,500 Belgian ex- Nazis could be receiving pensions from Germany, it has been revealed.

Survivors of the regime are trying to get the payments stopped with Belgian Pensions Minister Daniel Bacquelaine insisting he "shares their indignation".

But they may be powerless to stop the money getting through, with Mr Bacquelaine's spokeswoman telling the BBC that Germany manages the payments and there are "no official figures" for the recipients.

Adolf Hitler signed a decree making thousands of Belgians who served in the SS German.

Many were recruited into German's army, navy, air force and secret service.

Leon Degrelle, who led the Belgian collaborators under the Nazis, fled to fascist Spain after the war, where he was sheltered by the Franco dictatorship until his death in 1994.

Now Nazi survivors, who want a commission set up and the recipients to be revealed, have petitioned the government to stop the payments from going through.

Pieter Paul Baeten, president of the Memorial Group, told Belgian broadcaster RTBF: "It's sad. Belgium can't get hold of the information, or doesn't want to.

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