Families of Nazi victims hit SNCF with 1,200 claims

13th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 13, 2006 (AFP) - The families of Jews and others deported to Nazi camps in French trains have hit France's state rail company SNCF with 1,200 compensation claims, an MP involved in the case said Friday.

PARIS, Oct 13, 2006 (AFP) - The families of Jews and others deported to Nazi camps in French trains have hit France's state rail company SNCF with 1,200 compensation claims, an MP involved in the case said Friday.

The cases were lodged with the administrative court, which hears matters related to state branches, the MP, Greens Party member Alain Lipietz, told AFP.

A collective grouping some 200 families whose relatives were deported by France's pro-Nazi Vichy regime during World War II using SNCF wagons announced in August they would be launching the lawsuit seeking unspecified millions of euros (dollars) in damages.

At the time, the SNCF said it expected more than 200 claims, but added it would oppose them because it believed it could not be held responsible for what the rail company was coerced to do under German occupation.

The legal precedent underpinning the claims came from a legal victory Lipietz won in June, in which the French state and the SNCF were fined EUR 62,000 for their role in the wartime deportation of his Jewish father and uncle. Both deported men survived the war. The SNCF is appealing that verdict.

The collective includes citizens from Belgium, Canada, France, Israel and the United States.

Around 75,000 Jews were deported to Nazi camps from France in World War II and only about 2,500 returned.

Thousands of other people classed as "undesirables" by the German regime were also deported, including homosexuals, Gypsies and political prisoners.

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