Several Belgian retirees that are alleged to have collaborated with Nazi Germany at a time when the Third Reich occupied Belgium during the Second World War are still receiving special pensions for their services to the Fascist German state at the time.
Monthly payments range from €425 to €1,275 a month. In the immediate postwar period, up to 38,000 Belgian citizens received a pension for having collaborated with the Nazis.
Among those who receive pensions are residents of Belgian border regions who acquired German nationality during the Nazi occupation as well as Belgians who joined the Waffen-SS during the war. There were also small payments to Belgians that have worked in forced labour, but this only amounts to €50 a month.
The names of the citizens paid are only known to German Embassies responsible for passing the payments, the German national news agency DW reports.
Academic sources suggest that some of the collaborators may have slipped through a loophole because the Waffen-SS in occupied Europe was under orders from the German military, the Wehrmacht.
The Belgian Parliament as demanded that payments be stopped immediately.