JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen France and US Agree to Compensate Holocaust survivors and Family Members Deported by SNCF During Nazi Occupation #general
Jan Meisels Allen
The French and United States announced a $60 million fund to
compensate holocaust survivors and family members for those deported
by France's state rail company, SNCF during the Nazi occupation.
The fund will be financed by the French government and managed by
the United States. According to the Washington Post, the United
States is waiving its administrative fee for administration. It
will be about $100,000 for each survivor and tens of thousands for
spouses of those who died in the camps or since World War ll.
Amounts for heirs of camp survivors who have since died are to be
determined on the basis of the number of years those survivors lived
after their liberation. Eligible claimants can choose annuities
rather than lump sums.
French legislators still have to approve the agreement.
The agreement includes the US government to work to end lawsuits and
other compensation in US Courts against SNCF. SNCF is bidding for
high-rail and other contracts in the US-which can be very lucrative
for SNCF. One such contract could be worth $6 billion for light
rail in Maryland. State legislators in a number of states have tried
to punish SNCF for Holocaust-era actions.
SNCF transported 76,000 French Jews to Nazi concentration camps.
While SBNC expressed regret they say they had no control over the
operations during Nazi occupation.
The French government has paid $6 billion in reparations but only
to French citizens and some deportees. The new agreement will help
compensate US, Canadian, Israeli and some others not eligible for
the other French reparations. The French have other international
accords with Poland, Belgium, Britain and Czech Republic over
compensation for deportation of victims.
Thank you to Randy Herschaft, AP and Jewish Genner for sharing this
story by the Associated Press. See: http://tinyurl.com/k5u9p3a
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee