BRUSSELS - The mayor of Brussels has apologized to the Jewish community for the municipality's Holocaust-era "role" in deporting Jews, but added he would "not pass judgment."

Speaking to a crowd of a few hundred people on Sunday at a ceremony at Brussels City Hall, Mayor Freddy Thielemans said, "I want to officially extend apologies in the name of the City of Brussels to the Jewish community."

He also said, "It is not my place to pass judgment but I of course acknowledge the role the municipality and political and administrative authorities in the City of Brussels played in the deportation of Jews."

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