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Note, it is the French State and not the SNCF who are paying this money as they have always denied their role and refused to pay. They maintain that the wagons used to transport people were German territory when used for that purpose and hence not threir responsibility.

Note too that this agreement comes only at a time when there are juicy rail contracts coming up in some US states which the SNCF wants to bid for but had been banned from doing so until it sorted out the compensation issue. Such states are Maryland (I think) and California.

Frankly, I find the whole deal disgusting money grubbing opportunism on he part of the French government, especially as those transportees still living or thair families within France have been denied compensation by the SNCF and the government.
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I know the SNCF have always denied this, that the trains were commandeered by the invaders and so they had no control over this happening.

Yes, it is politics, and the SNCF already have some very juicy rail contracts in other countries and want more.

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[quote user="Cendrillon"]https://uk.news.yahoo.com/france-pay-60-mn-us-nazi-rail-deportations-201615311.html#TeUITos

Please can someone correct the link above.

[/quote]Here you go:

[url]http://yhoo.it/1yqThSQ[/url]

In no way denying what happened or that it should be forgotten but at the same time just when does a current generation get to break free from the sins of it's antecedents ?

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[quote user="AnOther"]

In no way denying what happened or that it should be forgotten but at the same time just when does a current generation get to break free from the sins of it's antecedents ?

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or cease to benefit from any compensation?

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[quote user="AnOther"]
In no way denying what happened or that it should be forgotten but at the same time just when does a current generation get to break free from the sins of it's antecedents ?
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I agree with these sentiments. It is almost seventy years since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, that is more than two generations ago. I wonder if the states concerned have statutes of limitations for criminal activities?

Incidentally, on the wall of the railway station in Penne d'Agenais is a plaque stating that many French citizens were transported to the camps on trains from that place. I shall see if I can find a photograph.

EDIT

It seems that this site's lily-livered software is trying to rewrite history by eliminating references to the standard abbreviation of the German ruling wartime political organisation.

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There were many companies who collaborated with he N...s  Here's one link - quite old ( 2008). Several have paid compensation, and many are still thriving today:

http://www.11points.com/News-Politics/11_Companies_That_Surprisingly_Collaborated_With_the_Nazis
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[quote user="Clark Kent II"]

Incidentally, on the wall of the railway station in Penne d'Agenais is a plaque stating that many French citizens were transported to the camps on trains from that place. I shall see if I can find a photograph.[/quote]

Just in case you don't find it, here are pictures of  the railway station at Le Vernet-d'Ariège, and a closeup of the plaques there, taken this summer.

There are huge posters on the station building with photos of only some of victims transported from the camp just across the road (the former camp guards' quarters alongside the road are now homes), together with a cattle truck similar to those used.

The site of the camp, and the small cemetery for the few not deported but who died in the camp, is on the D820 just north of the town of Le Vernet.

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