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US lawmakers have re-introduced a bill that targets French rail over Holocaust



US lawmakers have re-introduced legislation that seeks to hold France’s state-owned rail company SNCF accountable for its role in transporting Jews to their deaths during the Holocaust.
US Senator Chuck Schumer led a bipartisan group of sponsors in introducing the measure late on Wednesday that would make the railway culpable in American courts, and allow US victims to pursue lawsuits against the company.
The bill seeks to counter the SNCF’s argument that it is immune to legal action thanks to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
A companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives in April.
Similar legislation was introduced during the previous Congress, in 2011, but the measure stalled.

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FOX UNDERCOVER – A billion dollar contract to run the commuter rail for the MBTA is up for grabs, but a company that wants the job has come under fire across the country for its role in the Holocaust.
Now this controversy is headed to Massachusetts, but along with genuine outrage from Holocaust survivors it brings questions about whether a dark chapter in history is being used to land one of the biggest public contracts in the state.



‘Survivors and family members of those who perished have long attempted to hold SNCF accountable for its active role during the Holocaust, but so far the company has succeeded in cloaking itself in foreign sovereign immunity, evading jurisdiction in United States courts,’ Schumer said in a statement.
‘The Holocaust Rail Justice Act would finally enable survivors and family members to hold this French rail company accountable in a court of law for sending thousands to their death during World War II, and allow survivors and family members an opportunity for justice’.
SNCF has formally expressed remorse for the Nazi collaboration and insisted it was forced by France’s World War II German occupiers to help deport 75,000 French Jews to the gas chambers, and noted that 2,000 of its own rail workers were executed.
The company today is seeking tax-payer funded rail contracts in the United States. >>more<<
OK, the main headline picture for this story looks like just your average passangers boarding a train, compared to them always throwing these kind of pictures at us. Just saying
  
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