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German rail company gives five million euros to Nazi victims

8th December 2010, Comments3 comments

Germany's state-owned rail company pledged Wednesday to donate five million euros (6.6 million dollars) to a fund for Nazi victims, mostly in projects in eastern Europe.

"Sixty-five years after the end of the war, the suffering of the victims of Nazism is not forgotten," Deutsche Bahn chief executive Ruediger Grube said.

"The survivors of these crimes still suffer today from the consequences of deportation, forced labour and other Nazi atrocities."

The German national railways, then called the Reichsbahn, helped transport millions of people to work as slave labourers or to be killed in the death camps in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II.

The money will go to the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation (EVZ), which since its creation in 2000 has disbursed some 4.4 billion euros to 1.66 million people in almost 100 countries from the German government and firms.

In March, eastern European Nazi victims had demanded Deutsche Bahn provide compensation.

© 2010 AFP

3 comments on this article Add a comment

  • 12th December 2010, 22:45:43 Jett Rucker posted:
    When did compensation for "crimes" turn into health insurance? Is the German taxpayer put-upon yet AGAIN?
  • 13th December 2010, 02:04:01 Koldo posted:
    Indeed there are a lot of lazy people, that enjoy living at the expense of other. In this case, the German brainwashed tax payers are the favorite target of such kind of people.
    When I read this kind of robbery, I believe that Hitler was right!
  • 6th January 2011, 09:08:47 r. biggs posted:
    another great train robbery.

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