Almost 75 years after the end of World War II, a small number of Belgians who pledged allegiance to Adolf Hitler are still getting what the Führer promised to them – loyalty bonuses that have never been taxed, RT.com writes.
Twenty-seven Belgians continue to receive between 425 and 1,275 euro’s per month from the German government, according to Flemish newspaper De Morgen. The allowance was to guarantee their “fidelity, loyalty, and obedience” to Adolf Hitler under a NS-era decree that still remains in force 74 years after the fall of the Third Reich.
De Morgen quoted researcher Alvin de Coninck, who explained those who qualified for ‘Hitler’s pension’ were residents of Belgium’s border regions who acquired German nationality during the National Socialist-era. Others were Belgians who joined the Waffen-SS – the armed wing of the SS – or other branches of the German military.
The 27 recipients of Hitler’s loyalty allowance have never been taxed on this additional income, as the German Embassy did not report their names to the Belgian government.
The revelation caused a Jewish outcry in Belgium, with local antifascist MPs demanding the arrangement be put to an end.
A "resolution" was introduced in parliament calling on the government "to tackle this problem through diplomatic means as a matter of urgency."
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