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December 5, 2014 4:31 pm

New Fund Will Compensate Holocaust Survivors Deported by French Rail Company

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JNS.orgA new $60 million French and U.S. government fund has been established to compensate Holocaust survivors in the U.S. who were deported to concentration camps by France’s state rail company SNCF.

SNCF has been trying to get major high-speed rail contracts in the U.S., but state legislators in Maryland, New York, Florida and California have been trying to punish the company for its Nazi-era record. SNCF had transported about 76,000 French Jews to Nazi concentration camps.

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The new fund was announced Friday and will be signed Monday in Washington.

“This is another measure of justice for the harms of one of history’s darkest eras,” said US Special Adviser on Holocaust Issues Stuart Eizenstat, the Associated Press reported.

The French rail company, which is not part to the agreement, has already been paying reparations to French Holocaust survivors and their descendants, but the new fund will compensate an additional 250 direct survivors and spouses of survivors in the U.S. Thousands more may be eligible as descendants of survivors.

“The objective today was to be able to provide reparations – even 70 years later – that they could claim, given the trauma, the barbarity and the horror that the deportation represented for them,” said Patrizianna Sparacino-Thiellay, a French ambassador for human rights and spoliation, who was involved in negotiating the deal.

“The U.S. and French governments have admirably found a solution that will bring a measure of justice to victims of the SNCF deportations,” Rabbi Andrew Baker, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Director of International Jewish Affairs, said in a statement.

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  • tom

    Really only $60M after 75 years is nothing but an insult but maybe the crack that finally opens the door to the substantial Reparations still owed. It’s not just the Railways and doesn’t even touch all the land/valuables they stole. Especially the Uber bloody Brits with their Royal Nazi’s torturing and killing hundreds of barely living camp survivors by forbidding them food/medicine after the war. Now France ” wants young Jews to live there while the French Jews are leaving in droves. France only wants Jews to provoke their NWO/Agenda 21 riots using Islamos.

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