The Department of Economic Recovery (DER)
16 November 1944
After the liberation of Belgium, restitution of Jewish spoliated property fell within the province of three departments:
Only a small section of the DER was occupied with the recovery of stolen artwork and objects of cultural value. Few items were actually restored due to a lack of systematic tracing. Many of the Jewish owned artworks and cultural objects were sold off, with the proceeds going to the Belgian State Treasury. Some items found their way into museums.
Study Commission on Jewish Assets, <www.combuysse.fgov.be> accessed 27 November 2002