The city of Brussels officially recognized its complicity in the deportation of thousands of Jews to Nazi death camps during World War II, AFP reported Sunday.

At a ceremony attended by Ambassador to Belgium Jacques Revach and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Joelle Milquet, Brussels mayor Freddy Thielemans acknowledged that the city's acquiescence to a Nazi request in 1940 that Jews be registered played a crucial role in allowing 5,640 Jews to be identified, rounded up and sent to death camps in 1942.

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Approximately 25,000 Belgian Jews were deported to Auschwitz; an estimated 1,200 survived.