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Belarus-US pact to preserve and protect cultural properties of all ethnic groups, including Holocaust victims

The agreement is a sign of improved political relations between our countries

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Belarus and the United States signed an agreement to preserve and protect the cultural properties of all ethnic groups, including those of Holocaust victims. Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makai and the chair of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America”s Heritage Abroad, Lesley Weiss, signed the agreement Wednesday at the World Jewish Congress headquarters in….repubhubembed{display:none;}

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Rare Handwritten Poem Signed by Jewish Diarist Anne Frank Auctioned for 140,000 Euros ($148,620)

The poem was accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the seller, Anne's former school friend, Jacqueline van Maarsen

A short poem by Anne Frank, handwritten and dated in Amsterdam on March 28, 1942, is displayed at Bubb Kuyper auction house prior to the auction in Haarlem, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. VOA

A rare handwritten poem signed by Anne Frank sold at auction Wednesday for 140,000 euros ($148,620).

In a sign of the enduring popularity of the Jewish diarist who became a symbol for Holocaust victims, the sale price, which doesn’t include the auctioneer’s commission, was nearly three times the upper limit of the Dutch auction house’s pre-sale estimate.


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The eight-line poem, half of which was copied from a Dutch book of verse, is dated March 28, 1942, shortly before Anne and her family went into hiding from the Netherlands’ wartime Nazi occupiers in a secret apartment in an Amsterdam canal house.

It was sold to an online bidder, whose identity wasn’t released.

The poem was accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the seller, Anne’s former school friend, Jacqueline van Maarsen. The poem is addressed to Van Maarsen’s late sister, Christiane.

Jacqueline van Maarsen also has a poem written by Anne that was addressed to her.

“I know that my sister was not as attached to this verse from Anne to her as I am to the verse Anne addressed to me, and that is the reason that I am now putting it up for sale,” Van Maarsen said in a letter accompanying the poem.

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Auction house Bubb Kuyper put a presale estimate of 30,000-50,000 euros ($32,000-53,000) on the poem.

Anne Frank Foundation spokeswoman Maatje Mostart said there is no doubt about the poem’s authenticity.

“Jacqueline was an important person for Anne,” Mostart said.

Mostart said it is “very special” for a piece of Anne’s handwriting to come up for auction, but added that the foundation didn’t plan to bid for the poem.

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Anne and her family were betrayed and captured late in the war and deported. Anne died in the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp at age 15, shortly before it was liberated by Allied forces.

Her father survived the war and published her diary, which went on to become a global best-seller. (VOA)

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Are World War II Nazi Supporters in Belgium still receiving German Pensions?

Germany provides monthly allowances to 58,932 Jews through the management of Jewish claims conference and the allowance ranges anywhere between $295 and $341 per month

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  • Belgian pensions minister suspects that Belgian ex Nazi collaborators still receive German pensions
  • Germany had admitted in 2012 that allowances were provided to 57 Belgians without providing their identities
  • A memorial group wants a German-Belgian commission to be set up for smooth exchange of countries

Concerns have developed recently over the fact that Belgian ex Nazi collaborators may still be receiving pensions from the German government. After the war ended in 1945, around 57,000 Belgians were found guilty of being traitorous to their own country. A lot of information and policies of the Belgian resistance force was betrayed in this manner. Movement of Jews in the territories of the Belgian cities was also provided to the Nazis, which facilitated the persecution and eventual death of innocent Jewish communities who had found refuge in Belgium.

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These Belgians were made Germans through a Hitler decree for showing great services to towards the Nazi establishment, and they just like other German military officers, these collaborators were also entitled to pensions.

Daniel Bacqueline at the Belgian House of Representatives. Image Courtesy:

Today, a memorial group has speculated that as many as 2500 collaborators receive tax free payment every month, reports BBC news. In 2012, the German parliament had provided ambiguous statements when asked to comment. It stated that it could not confirm whether 2,500 Belgians were receiving the allowances or not.

However, the Bundestag later admitted that 57 Belgians were indeed receiving German BVG (“Bundesversorgungsgesetz”) maintenance payments, but did not mention who these individuals were. These identities could only be revealed after careful examination of individual files, which are handled by regional authorities.

The Memorial Group wants an official Belgian-German commission to be set up, to investigate the pensions and reveal who the recipients are, reports BBC News.

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Belgian victims of the Nazi occupation have demanded that their government get to the bottom of this. Belgian Pensions Minister Daniel Bacquelaine “shares their indignation,” his spokeswoman said in response to the victims. It appears a little suspicious that the Germans would hold back information of this day even today.

As of today, Germany provides monthly allowances to 58,932 Jews through the management of Jewish claims conference. This allowance ranges anywhere between $295 and $341 per month.

-by Saurabh Bodas, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @saurabhbodas96




One response to “Are World War II Nazi Supporters in Belgium still receiving German Pensions?”

  1. We have to bear in mind that The Lions of Flanders did an exceptional work in the Waffen SS,and with the German nationality, then they will not have to worry.
    Bacqueline is a wallon or french speaking belgian, and possibly is somewhat envious this about the amazing perfomance of the Lions.
    Nowadays the zionists and their vassals want many things in a hurry, so I wonder if something or someone is coming…………………………….

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Remembering Anne Frank : The young girl who continues to move our hearts




By Meghna

Not many people know how it feels to be in the midst of war, but many claim to have experienced it vicariously through vivid accounts of the awful suffering of the Jews during World War II, as described in The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

On this day in 1929, the famous teenage author and the holocaust witness of World War II, Anne Frank was born at the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany, into an upper-middle-class- German-Jewish family.

Even as a child, Frank was a girl blessed with powers of creativity, wisdom, depth and emotion.

She chronicled the events of Second World War in her diary with such vividness, that even today the readers continue to live through her experiences vicariously. The intense thoughts expressed in her writing forces people to meditate about the impact of violence on children.

1504555174_e5c66c7d76_o“I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again.”                                                                                         –Anne Frank

This is best expressed by her father, Otto Frank, who, upon discovering her diary, exclaimed, “There was revealed a completely different Anne to the child that I had lost. I had no idea of the depths of her thoughts and feelings.”

Though Anne Frank lived an extremely short life of 16 years, but even in such a short life span, she endured far more suffering than any teenager could possibly do.

From being uprooted from her roots- Germany, to being hopeful about finding a new home in Amsterdam and then, witnessing the bitter shattering of those hopes; Frank underwent all sorts of trials and tribulations.

During the two years Frank family spent in hiding upon the invasion of Netherlands by the Nazis, Frank wrote her diary extensively. She mainly wrote to pass the time and also to confide in her diary whatever she couldn’t tell her family.

Some entries in the diary give glimpses of the depths of despair which Frank occasionally sank into.  On February 3rd, 1944, she wrote, “I’ve reached the point where I hardly care whether I live or die.” “The world will keep on turning without me, and I can’t do anything to change events anyway.”

Young Anne along with her family was shipped off to Camp Westerbork, a concentration camp in North-eastern Netherlands, upon the discovery of their hiding place by the Nazis.

They were again transferred to the death camp in Auschwitz, where the Frank girls and their mother were separated from Otto Frank.

The young Frank girls, later on, were again shifted to a concentration camp in Bergen-Belsen in Germany and their mother was forced to be left behind in Auschwitz.

The condition of the concentration camps was pathetic with several infectious diseases being prevalent.

Anne Frank and her sister Margot succumbed to an outbreak of typhus in Bergen-Belsen in March 1945.

Indeed, the world didn’t stop turning after Anne Frank died, but the horrors which she experienced still continue to sway the readers globally.

Her diary is still read widely and will continue to be read by millions and millions of readers all across the world.