German rail won't host Holocaust exhibition

25th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, Oct 24, 2006 (AFP) - German rail provider Deutsche Bahn came under fire from French Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld on Tuesday for refusing to allow an exhibition on Jewish children sent to death camps to be shown in its stations.

BERLIN, Oct 24, 2006 (AFP) - German rail provider Deutsche Bahn came under fire from French Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld on Tuesday for refusing to allow an exhibition on Jewish children sent to death camps to be shown in its stations.

"We have noted with regret that the man whose predecessors transported millions of Jews to death camps has objected to an exhibition that would have drawn the attention of thousands of Germans to this tragedy," Klarsfeld said in a statement.

He was referring to Deutsche Bahn chief Hartmut Mehdorn, who has said that stations were not a suitable setting for the exhibition highlighting the plight of 11,000 Jewish children who were deported from France to the Auschwitz death camp between 1942 and 1944.

"The subject is too serious. It deserves more than commuters' divided attention as they run to catch their trains while gulping down a sandwich," he told the German press.

Mehdorn added that Deutsche Bahn's museum in Nuremberg in southern Germany already deals with the subject.

Klarsfeld, the founder of the Sons and Daughters of Jews Deported from France foundation, said Mehdorn should note that the exhibition had been on show in stations in France with the full support of French rail company SNCF.

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Subject: French news

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