But Alain Leray, president and CEO of SNCF America, insisted that the Nazis never paid the railroad anything and said the document Tamen has involved a transport that did not involve Jews.
"Under the June 1940 armistice convention, France was defeated by the Nazis and it said all of the railroads would be under German command," he
"They took over and stole everything.
They stole 2,000 locomotives and killed more than 2,100 of my colleagues - 820 were beheaded.
How is this cooperating with the Nazis?"
said a total of 76,000 Jews were transported on German trains pulled from Paris by SNCF locomotives on SNCF tracks to the German border, Leray
There, German locomotives replaced the French ones and pulled the trains all the way to Nazi death camps in Poland.
About 3,000 passengers survived the war.
Most of the deportees were French citizens and in 1950 those who survived were automatically given a disability pension for the rest of their lives; spouses were also paid, Leray
said the two funds have paid more than $6 billion.
believes the negotiations now being conducted between the U.S. and French governments would extend the disability pension and the spousal benefits to Americans.
added that he
believed the issue of whether these payments would be retroactive is also being discussed.
insisted that French law bars SNCF from paying reparations because deportations are treated differently than slave labor or the stealing of property.
"The state of France is the only entity by law - it was voted into law in 1948 - that is responsible for making payments to deportees," he