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)
The Final Report was released in April 2000.
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:
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:
Summary Sector Reports
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
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
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.
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