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Panel approves MARC bill requesting SNCF Holocaust disclosure

Denis Doute, President of SNCF America

A bill that could require the French national railroad to fully disclose its role in the Holocaust was passed unanimously by a Senate committee Thursday, setting it up for a vote in the full chamber next week.

The Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee approved SB 479 by an 11-0 vote. SNCF and its subsidiary, Keolis America, argued the bill would effectively bar Keolis from winning a contract to operate a pair of MARC passenger rail lines.

SNCF trains transported 76,000 Jews and other prisoners from the suburbs of Paris to the German border from 1942 to 1944.

4 comments

  1. WHY IS THIS QUESTIONED? THE COMPANY HAS BEEN DOING BUSINESS SINCE THE END OF THE WAR (WW2). THIS SEEMS LIKE A WASTE OF TIME, MONEY, RESOURCES BY LEGISLATORS. CAN’T DISCUSSIONS BE MADE ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT, TAXES, SCHOOLS, AND MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES. WHY AT THE END OF EACH SESSION OF THE YEAR ARE THERE BILLS PASSED BECAUSE THEY WERE PIGEONED HOLED ALL YEAR. ISSUES LIKE THE ABOVE ARE USELESS TO DISCUSS AND WASTE TIME, MONEY AND RESOURCES.

  2. Here is Maryland once again doing the wrong thing. While you are pondering on what went on a century or more ago the rest of us will be sitting in all this traffic along with regular train breakdowns with MARC. Consider building new lines and extending the ones we have instead of going into some imaginery time machine.

  3. Maybe to you this seems like a waste of time but that is cetainly not the case for those who had family members who were involved in that dark era of human history. These companies survived the war because of the earnings made by trafficking in human misery. The Japanese companies who are competing for rail projects in Florida and California are also being pressed to admit their complicity in the use of American and Allied POWs as slave labor under the most unimaginable conditions. Do the names Mitsui, Mitsubishi, or Kawasaki ring a bell? POWs transported to Japan supplied unpaid labor for as long as 3 years. They were fed a subsitance level diet and were forced to work in smelters, mines,and factories under deplorable conditions. They are now in their ninties and still suffer the effects of those years. The current best seller “Unbroken” gives the details of one man’s story should you care to learn more.

  4. Robert Eldridge

    I must agree with Mr. Micelli’s comments. I have one small thing to add: in 1941/1942 my grandmother was abducted by Germans and sent to a concentration facility for having French, British and U.S. citizenship. At one point she was able to escape and the French rail system was used to get her back to Paris so that she could ultimately get to England.

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