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Holocaust victims’ kin urge railroad to pay

PARIS: More than 200 families plan to press the French state rail network for compensation for its role in helping transport their relatives to Nazi death camps during World War II, a lawyer said Monday.

The families – French, Israeli, American, Belgian and Canadian – plan to send a letter this week to the SNCF rail network urging compensation of several million euros, the lawyer, Avi Bitton, said. If that fails, they plan to sue, he said.

The families were encouraged by a ruling in June by a court in Toulouse, in southern France, that ordered the state and the rail authority to pay damages of €62,000, or $79,500, to family members of deportees. The SNCF has appealed that decision. (AP)