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Study Mission on the Spoliation of Jews in France: Mattéoli Commission Final Report (Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Rapport General) April 2000

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Title
Study Mission on the Spoliation of Jews in France: Mattéoli Commission Final Report (Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Rapport Général)

Date
The Final Report was released in April 2000.

Description
The Committee was set up by a decree of 25 March 1997 issued by the Prime Minister Alain Juppé, who appointed Mr. Jean Mattéoli as its chairman. The Committee's mission was to:

  • Research the fate of the confiscated items
  • Determine whereabouts
  • Draw up an inventory of seized assets
  • Make proposals to the government on the future of these assets

    In April 2000 the Commission published its 3,000-page report, which states that $1.3 billion worth of Jewish assets were looted by both the Vichy regime and the German authorities. The report also mentions that 90 percent of plundered assets were restituted after the war. (But this statement cannot refer to the 100,000 looted art objects, of which 60,000 were restituted to France). The report concluded with several recommendations, including setting up a foundation with the objective of keeping alive the memory of those who perished and learning lessons from these events.

    List of Volumes, Summary Sector Reports, Recommendations and Appendices

    The Final Report consists of the following volumes:

    • Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Rapport Général . Paris: La Documentation Française, April 2000.
    • Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Le pillage de l'art en France pendant l'Occupation et la situation des 2000 oeuvres confiées aux Musés nationaux: les MNR. Paris: La Documentation Française, April 2000.
    • Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. La spoliation financière. Paris: La Documentation Française, March 2000.
    • Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Aryanisation économique et restitutions. Paris: La Documentation Française, February 2000.
    • Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Les biens des internés des camps de Drancy, Pithiviers et Beune-La-Rolande. Paris: La Documentation Française, April 2000.
    • Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Groupe d'etudes sur la spoliation dans les camps de Province . Paris: La Documentation Française, April 2000.
    • Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Le Pillage des appartements et son indemnisation. Paris: La Documentation Française, 2000.
    • Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Contribution du comite de surveillance des banques. Paris: La Documentation Française, January 2000.
    • Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Contribution sur les prejudices subis en matiere d'assurance au cours et au lendemain de la seconde guerre mondiale par les personnes visées par les lois de discrimination raciale. Paris: La Documentation Française, November 1999.
    • Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. La sacem et les droits des auteurs et compositeurs Juifs sous l'occupation. Paris: La Documentation Française, 2000.
    • Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Aryanisation économique et restitutions: Annexes. Paris: La Documentation Française, 2000.

    Summary Sector Reports

    1. Guide to archive research
    2. Collection of official documents
    3. Economic 'aryanisation' and restitutions
    4. Financial spoliation
    5. The looting of apartments and compensation
    6. The property of internees of the Drancy, Pithiviers and Beaune-la-Rolande camps
    7. Spoliation in the provincial camps
    8. Art theft in France during the Occupation and the situation concerning the 2,000 works of art entrusted to the French national museums: the MNRs
    9. SACEM and the royalties of Jewish authors and composers during the Occupation

    Recommendations of the mission

    A - Recommendations regarding archives and files
    Recommendation No. 1: Access to archival resources
    Recommendation No. 2: Archive preservation
    Recommendation No. 3: Preservation of the Mission's archives and files
    Recommendation No. 4: Computer files prepared by the Mission

    B - Recommendations on research
    Recommendation No. 5: Research to identify works of art in museums
    Recommendation No. 6: Institutions where research must be continued
    Recommendation No. 7: Subjects requiring further research

    C - Recommendations concerning individual returns
    Recommendation No. 8: General principles
    Recommendation No. 9: Prior restitutions and compensation .
    Recommendation No. 10: New compensation

    D - Recommendations concerning the National Memory Foundation
    Recommendation No. 11: Endowment
    Recommendation No. 12: Mission

    E - Recommendations concerning works of art and objets d'art
    Recommendation No. 13: Works and objets d'art not looted
    Recommendation No. 14: Spoliated works and objets d'art or those of uncertain origin
    Recommendation No. 15: Works exhibited at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem
    Recommendation No. 16: Annual Report
    Recommendation No. 17: International co-operation

    F - Recommendations concerning banks and insurance companies
    Recommendation No. 18: Mergers and acquisitions
    Recommendation No. 19: Prescriptions and escheat

    Appendices

    1 Decree establishing the Mission and its composition
    2 Mission letters
    3 Organisational chart of the Mission
    4 Recommendations from the Mission's second progress report concerning works of art
    5 Analysis grid of works from the Art Recovery Commission (CRA) 
    6 Summary in figures
    7 Contribution from the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and associated committees
    8 Text establishing the DRAI Commission - composition - role

    Publishing Information 
    Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Rapport Final. Paris: La Documentation Francaise, April 2000.

    The Final Report can be consulted online at http://www.ladocfrancaise.gouv.fr, where bound copies can also be ordered.
     
    A summary of the work of the Mattéoli Commission can be accessed in PDF format on the website of the Embassy of France in the United States.

    Sources

    Mission d'étude sur la spoliation des Juifs de France. Rapport Général. Paris: La Documentation Française, April 2000 <http://www.ladocfrancaise.gouv.fr >, first accessed 9 July 2002.  Link updated 17 July 2007

    Embassy of France in the United States <http://www.info-france-usa.org/news/statmnts/1998/wchea/matteoli.asp>, first accessed 9 July 2002.  Link updated 17 July 2007 

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