The Center for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society in Belgium (Ceges) released in September 2007 its final report, a 1,114 pages study entitled "Docile Belgium", on the responsibilities of the Belgian authorities in the persecution of the Jews in Belgium during World War II. The report was commissioned by the Belgian parliament and government in 2003. The Ceges historians have concluded that many administrative bodies collaborated with the Nazis for "economic as well as ideological reasons", a collaboration made easier by lack of clear legislation. "This report is fundamental and it is a victory for enlightened democracy", said Philippe Markiewicz, chairman of the Coordination Committee of Belgian Jewish Organizations. Mr. Markiewicz recalled also the brave attitude of the many Belgians who risked their lives to save Jews. Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt accepted the report and said, through his spokesman, that the Ceges findings should be incorporated into history textbooks.
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