Tuesday September 24, 2019

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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Nazi Propoganda. Image Courtesy: Wikimedia commons
  • 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.

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

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

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  • Koldobika

    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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  • Koldobika

    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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Schools in Germany Ban Use of Microsoft Office 365 Over Data Privacy

The authority said what is true for Microsoft is also true for the Google and Apple cloud solutions

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

In a first such case globally, schools in Germany have banned the use of Microsoft Office 365, after a data privacy authority for the state of Hesse ruled that using the popular software exposes personal information of students and teachers “to potential access by US authorities”.

“The use of Microsoft Office 365 in schools is illegal under data protection law, as far as schools store personal data in the European cloud,” said the ruling by Michael Ronellenfitsch, the Hesse Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI).

In declaring that Windows 10 and Office 365 is not compliant with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for use in schools, this development ends years of debate over whether “schools can use Microsoft’s Office 365 software in compliance with data protection regulations”.

The Hesse Commissioner has suggested schools to switch to similar applications with on-premise licenses on local systems.

Microsoft said it looks forward to working with the Hesse Commissioner to better understand their concerns.

“When Office 365 is connected to a work or school account, administrators have a range of options to limit features that are enabled by sending data to Microsoft. We recently announced based on customer feedback, new steps towards even greater transparency and control for these organizations when it comes to sharing this data,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Arstechnica in a statement.

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FILE – A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

For years, there has been a discussion in Germany about whether schools can use Microsoft’s Office 365 software in compliance with data protection regulations.

In August 2018, Microsoft announced to the public that for the Germany cloud contracts are no longer offered and the distribution of this product is discontinued.

Since then, the data protection authority asked a large number of teachers and school administrators, as well as school authorities, to use Office 365 in the European cloud.

“With the use of the Windows 10 operating system, a wealth of telemetry data is transmitted to Microsoft, whose content has not been finally clarified despite repeated inquiries at Microsoft. Such data is also transmitted when using Office 365. Also, the digital sovereignty of state data processing must be guaranteed,” said HBDI.

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The authority said what is true for Microsoft is also true for the Google and Apple cloud solutions.

“The cloud solutions of these providers have so far not been transparent and comprehensible set out. Therefore, it is also true that for schools the privacy-compliant use is currently not possible,” said HBDI. (IANS)