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20 Apr 2015

Olivia Hampton, AFP

Holocaust descendants file class action lawsuit against SNCF in USA over company’s role in transportation of victims

“French railway Holocaust lawsuit aims to fill gaps: lawyer,” 17 Apr 2015

…The class-action suit seeks compensation for the confiscation and sale of personal property and for…train fares billed to the Nazis even though the victims were packed into cattle cars. It comes four months after France agreed to pay $60 million to…be shared among Americans and foreign nationals deported to Nazi death camps on French trains during World War II…"We are trying to hold SNCF accountable for its actions, and (the December agreement) does not do that..."..."…SNCF was complicit in the commission of genocide." In a statement…SNCF said it "has no comment on the complaint…and has no additional information to provide."…The plaintiffs say the US federal court has jurisdiction over the matter because the claims arise under international law enforceable in the Chicago court as federal law. The suit…claims that the statute of limitations has not expired…because…SNCF only opened some of its archives…in 2012.