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French state fined for wartime transport of Jews

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French state fined for wartime transport of Jews


A French court has ordered the state and the national train operator SNCF to pay fines of 60,000 euros for their role in the deportation of jews during World War Two.

The case was brought by Alain Lipietz and his sister, whose father was sent by train in 1944 to the Drancy transit camp near Paris – usually the last stop before Jews were put on trains to death camps. He was freed from Drancy only days before Paris was liberated by Allied forces. The court decided the French state could not have been unaware that transportation to Drancy was a “prelude to deportation”. The judgement also noted that the SNCF was more concerned with being paid for the cost of the transports than with offering any excuses. Lawyers for the train operator had argued it could not be held responsible for the transportation because it was forced to cooperate with German occupying forces during the war. It is planning to appeal against the decision.
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