Bureau des Spoliations Mobilières (BSM)

In 1957 the German parliament adopted legislation, known as BRüG, to provide compensation for movable property looted by the Nazis. In France the Fonds Social Juif Unifié (FSJU) was chosen by the Jewish community to handle applications of French Jews whose movable property had been looted by the German authorities, to decide what compensation was due them and to pass on the material with their decisions to the Germans. For this purpose the FSJU founded a special office, called Bureau des Spoliations Mobilières (BSM), which dealt with all the applications in France.

The office existed for 10 years and dealt with the applications of over 30,000 people during that period.

In 1977 the FSJU deposited 36,000 BSM files at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People, Jerusalem.