French railway hit with WWII compensation demands

October 13, 2006 20:45

Some 1,200 families and groups have asked the French state rail network for compensation for its role in helping transport people to Nazi death camps during World War II, the railway said Friday. The rail network, SNCF, contests the claims, saying it was under orders of French authorities at the time and exercised no autonomy under the Occupation government. An SNCF official said the company had received about 1,200 letters since June, some by individual families and others by lawyers representing several people seeking compensation.

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