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    It seems that Germany is still paying pensions to 57 surviving Belgian collaborators.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36489700

    Presumably this means they continued to pay French, Dutch, Danish and Norwegian etc. collaborators too
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    As well as rewarding those collaborators who fought for the Nazis, the German practice of giving them citizenship effectively protects them from prosecution and even prevents the extradition of convicted war criminals.

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      Originally posted by MarkV View Post
      It seems that Germany is still paying pensions to 57 surviving Belgian collaborators.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36489700

      Presumably this means they continued to pay French, Dutch, Danish and Norwegian etc. collaborators too
      My conclusion is: People should get over it. I don't support bending legal rules just for the sake of symbolism. Of course this carries the danger some black sheeps from those formations get pensions but i stand by my opinion the majority of those where men who didn't participate in crimes and thus deserve their pensions. Those guys were hired by Germany and risked their lives and health for it and thus the German state cutting their pensions would be a disgrance. Also it would be against all equality if we pay pensions to german soldiers but tell foreign soldiers which fought for Germany to go to d*ck.

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        They pay pensions to those that were forcibly employed in Germany as well, it may be difficult to legally end the one and not the other, they were "employed" by the same government after all.

        If said people have not actually been convicted of collaboration and sentenced with loss of civil rights by a Belgian court, privacy laws make it I impossible to find out if someone was forced into German service or willing joined.

        Strange this should make it to the English press only now, this is very old news, this article dates back to 2012.

        http://www.demorgen.be/economie/2-50...ioen-bdb3a535/

        The entire affair came to light when the current German government tried to tax those pensions, and all sort of legal objections were thrown up, the issue was settled - as for as Belgium was concerned - by an underhand deal between both governments.
        Last edited by Snowygerry; 10 Jun 16, 00:29.
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