France to pay $60 mn to US for Nazi rail deportations

The rail tracks at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, PolandIn a landmark deal, France will pay $60 million to the United States to be shared among American and foreign nationals deported to Nazi death camps on French trains in World War II. The agreement, unveiled Friday and which has been at least two years in the making, should now remove obstacles to the French rail firm SNCF seeking to bid on major railway contracts in the US, including in the state of Maryland. “The US and France have reached a historic agreement for substantial compensation in connection with the deportations from France during the Holocaust,” US negotiator Stuart Eizenstat said. Several thousand people could now be eligible for compensation, including nationals of Israel and Canada as well as Americans who were deported from France to the death camps some 70 years ago.

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