Listen Download Podcast
  • RFI English News flash 04h00 - 04h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/19 04h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 04h10 - 04h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/19 04h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 05h00 - 05h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/19 05h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 05h10 - 05h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/19 05h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 06h00 - 06h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/19 06h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 06h10 - 06h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/19 06h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 06h30 - 06h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/19 06h30 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 06h33 - 06h59 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/19 06h33 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 07h00 - 07h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/19 07h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 07h30 - 07h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/19 07h30 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h00 - 14h03 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 10/14 14h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h00 - 14h06 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/19 14h00 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 14h03 - 14h30 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 10/14 14h03 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h06 - 14h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/19 14h06 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h30 - 14h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/19 14h30 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h33 - 14h59 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/19 14h33 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h00 - 16h03 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 10/14 16h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h00 - 16h06 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 10/19 16h00 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 16h03 - 16h30 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 10/14 16h03 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h30 - 16h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/19 16h30 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 16h33 - 17h00 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 10/14 16h33 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
Americas

France to pay US 60 million dollars for Holocaust deportations

media A railtruck at Auschwitz concentration camp B Ruelle

France is to pay 60 million dollars (49 million euros) to victims of the Holocaust transported by the national rail company SNCF during World War II and their descendants. A fund is to be established following a campaign in the US for compensation to foreigners transported to Nazi death camps.

Following a campaign to block the SNCF winning contracts in the US, an agreement was reached between Washington and Paris on Friday and will be signed on Monday.

The French government is to pay the money – most but not all of which will go to US citizens - to a fund administered by the American authorities.

Survivors will receive about 100,000 dollars, while their spouses or descendants will receive payouts in the tens of thousands.

The number of beneficiaries will be established after claims have been filed, France’s human rights ambassador Patrizianna Sparacino-Thiellay said.

The French authorities will foot the bill, she explained, because the SNCF, which transported 76,000 Jews to the death camps, was “an instrument of deportation” and not responsible for it.

French victims were granted compensation in 1946 but those who had emigrated or arrived in France after the outbreak of the war in 1939 received nothing.

Abraham Foxman of the US Jewish civil rights organisation the Anti-Defamation League, described the agreement as "some modest redress, an important recognition of their pain”.

The Coalition for Holocaust Rail Justice, which has backed action against the SNCF, called the deal an admission by the SNCF and the French government that they were “accomplices in the atrocities of the Holocaust”, while asserting that some people are not covered by it.

The rail company is to pay an extra four million dollars (3.25 million euros) into its Holocaust education programme.

The agreement will mean that the SNCF can bid for public contracts, such as one in the state of Maryland that have been blocked by the campaign for compensation.

It cannot come into affect until the French parliament has amended a law passed in 1948.
 

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.