US May Allow Lawsuits for French Rail´s Holocaust Complicity (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) by Gavriel Queenann 03/21/11)
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American lawmakers have introduced legislation that opens the door to
lawsuits against France´s state-owned rail company (SNCF) over its
role in shipping Jews to their deaths during the Holocaust, the
French news aganecy AFP reports.
"Nothing will ever make up for the atrocities undertaken by Nazi
Germany and its collaborators -- but every bit of justice is
important," said Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, one of the
bill´s lead sponsors. "This bill allows some measure of justice and
closure for those who have suffered."
The bill comes as a bipartisan response to SNCFs position that it is
immune to legal action under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act,
its authors said last Thursday. The companny has formally expressed
remose over the deportation of 75,000 French Jews to German death-
camps, but it abdicated responsibility for its complicity, saying
they were forced by the Nazi occupied Vichy regime to comply.
The bill comes at a time when SNCF is bidding on a $2.6-billion rail
project linking the Florida cities of Orlando and Florida, which is a
part of President Obama´s multi-billion dollar initiative to improve
rail service in the United States. The bill, currently in the House
of Representatives, would have to be ratified by the Senate and
signed by Obama, to become law.
In California last year, where the SNCF is also pursuing large rail
contracts, lawmakers tried to pass a law obliging bidders to disclose
involvement in wartime deportations. It was vetoed by then-Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger. (© IsraelNN Syndications 03/21/11)
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