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Apr 2011 Journal

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French Railways during the war: Coalition for Holocaust Rail Justice launches website

The Coalition for Holocaust Rail Justice has launched a website providing information about the actions of the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF) and its role in the deportation of 76,000 Jews from France to death camps between March 1942 and August 1944.

The Coalition comprises victims and their family members, historians, community leaders and volunteers committed to holding the SNCF accountable, to the full disclosure of its wartime role, and to the payment of reparations to its victims and their families.

According to the Coalition’s website, ‘In the 65 years since the end of the Second World War, the SNCF has refused to acknowledge adequately its role in the Holocaust, has avoided taking any financial responsibility for its role, and now wishes to enter the high-speed rail market in the United States. If granted these lucrative contracts, the SNCF would receive billions of American tax dollars, some of which would come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It is a terrible irony that a percentage of these tax dollars would come from the very victims the SNCF deported to concentration camps.’

In addition to details of US legislation calling on the SNCF to address its past, the website contains links to survivors’ testimonies and opinions and written submissions by historians, legislators and community leaders.

The website also includes articles published in recent months about the history of the campaign against the SNCF. The Coalition’s website can be visited at
www.holocaustrailvictims.org

Michael Newman

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