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    Holocaust Survivors Blast French Rail's U.S. Pursuits

    Holocaust survivors have long taken aim at the French national railway, which transported some 75,000 Jews to death camps during World War II. And now they're asking a court to stop the company from running trains in the U.S.

    Sitting in his living room in Baltimore, Leo Brethol, 89, flips through a heavy, well-warn book that contains the names of Jews deported from Nazi-occupied France to almost certain death in camps in Eastern Europe.

    Stopping on one page, Bretholz reads aloud, "Convoy No. 42, on the 6th of November 1942." It was the train he rode on.

    He points to a spot and continues, "Leo Bretholz, born on the 6th of March '21 in Vienna. See it? Right here. Black and white."

    The train, carrying 1,000 people packed in freight cars, was on its way to Auschwitz.

    Bretholz was one of a handful of people in the convoy to survive the Holocaust. He and a friend managed to pry open the window bars and leap from the moving car.

    "At that time, the trains were SNCF, yes," Bretholz says. "This was the Societe Nacional de Chemins de Fer Francais."

    History And Accountability

    Bretholz and about 300 other survivors are suing SNCF for damages in a New York court, arguing that the railway was complicit in the murders carried out by the Nazis during World War II. They also argue the company should not be allowed to run U.S. train lines like a commuter rail its subsidiary took over this month in Northern Virginia.

    The subsidiary, Keolis America, out-bid Amtrak for the contract to operate the Virginia Railway Express.

    Keolis president Steve Townsend says he thinks it's a stretch to link his company to the Holocaust.

    "The issue for me is completely new," Townsend says. "I'm not a historian, nor [am I really] an expert at all in SNCF's history."

    Michael Marrus, a historian and University of Toronto professor, has written extensively about the Holocaust in France. He agrees with Townsend that SNCF and its subsidiary shouldn't be punished today for what happened 70 years ago.

    "When the deportees reached Paris, they were taken on a bus, so what about the bus companies?" Marrus asks. "What about the companies that supplied the petrol for the buses?"

    In occupied France, the entire society became part of the Nazi war machine, Marrus says.

    Bretholz says the French government never fessed up to this involvement.

    "This is what parents ask of their kids when they do something wrong," he says. "They say you have to admit that you did wrong. You teach that to kids."

    But, Marrus says, the French government and SNCF have come to terms with their past. In the 1990s, the government began paying reparations, and the train company opened its books.

    Bretholz says he did receive a small payment for time in a forced labor camp, but he never received an apology.

    A Commuter's View

    In Washington, D.C., commuters waiting for the Virginia Railway Express are mostly unaware of the train's link to the Holocaust. But some, like Danny Hambrick, say they find the connection troubling.

    "As to whether I'll keep riding now that you told me that," he says, "now I don't want to. But I think until I figure out a better alternative, I probably have to keep going."

    The SNCF subsidiary is also bidding on two commuter lines in Maryland. There's also a chance it could win one of the biggest rail contracts in U.S. history — California's $42 billion high-speed train, which will link San Francisco and San Diego.
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    So far in history only single nations were fed up with Jews and kicked them out. When they go on like this, it will be all of Europe and maybe even the entire western world that at one point will be fed up. And with all the BS that goes on and on and on, this day can't be that far away.

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    Right now there is a show trial of Honsik in Vienna because he dared to write about Jews. He was punished to 5 years in prison for proofing that the Holocaust is a hoax, that sentence was reduced to 4 years after an appeal.

    The Jews are still persecuting him through a austrian court (like with Jesus they try to be behind the scence and not visible) for writing books about Jews but not related to the Holocaust.

    The trial is far off basic judicial bar rules that even the jew controlled press is complaining (ofcourse while still condemning 'holocaust-denial').

    It seems to be that in their hate and revenge they have gone overboard.

    More and more people wake up to the jewish insanity. My prediction is that in the next decade their power declines and they are thrown out of at least the US.
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    It is time for the Jews to stop with this Holocaust witch hunts and focus on the job at hand - to sort the Palestinians out because it is like with Al Quaida (er, how do you spell this bloody word?). The longer it survives the more powerful it becomes.

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    The guilt trip can go on for a very long time. Just ask any white American they have been laying this guilt on us for the slavery issue for more than 100 years. What the sad thing is that behind this guilt trip you always find a few jews pushing the idea.
    Life is like a fire hydrant- sometimes you help people put out their fires, but most of the time you just get peed on by every dog in the neighborhood.

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