Belgian Senate recognizes countrys role in Holocaust

A Belgian Senate committee adopted a resolution acknowledging the country’s complicity in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust.

The Senate’s committee on institutional affairs voted in favor of the resolution on Jan. 9, according to Belga, a local news agency.

“Some Belgian authorities practiced collaboration unfitting of a democracy,” the resolution read, “with tragic consequences for the Jewish population.”

The resolution also encourages the Belgian government to “examine the possibility of giving a statute” to Jews and Roma who were “deported for racist reasons” and to orphans of the Holocaust. It does not specify what that statute should be.

Last year, the mayors of Antwerp and Brussels for the first time apologized for their municipalities’ role in the deportation of Jews from Belgium in 1942.

Some 66,000 Jews lived in Belgium when Germany invaded in 1940, according to Yad Vashem. Of them, 34,801 were imprisoned or deported. More than 80 percent of those deported died. — jta