Will the Belgian train service apologize for deporting WW2 Jews?

National Belgian Railways never apologized for departing the Jews of Belgium to Auschwitz during the Nazi occupation of that country, will they do so now?

April 14, 2019 23:19
Will the Belgian train service apologize for deporting WW2 Jews?

A train to Antwerp leaving the Brussels-North station in the 1920s. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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The Simon Wiesenthal Center joined efforts by the Royal Society of Jewish Welfare in Antwerp to appeal National Belgian Railways to publicly acknowledge its role in the deportation of the Jews of Belgium during the Nazi occupation of the country in WW2. 
“It is, indeed, scandalous, that the SNCB has, for some 76 years remained silent regarding its complicity in a crime against humanity,” the center said in a press release on Sunday after the Royal Society of Jewish Welfare in Antwerp informed them of the situation. 
More then 25,000 Jews were deported from Belgium using trains operated by SNCB.

In November 2018 the Dutch Railways announced that they would pay compensation to survivors and relatives of those deported by their trains during World War Two. A similar decision was taken by the French state-owned rail in 2014.

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