Ros-Lehtinen Urges Holocaust Survivors, Spouses, and Estates to Pursue Any Potential Claims Against SNCF Rail

Jan 4, 2016

Ros-Lehtinen Urges Holocaust Survivors, Spouses, and Estates to Pursue Any Potential Claims Against SNCF Rail

(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement regarding the implementation of the U.S.-France Agreement on Compensation for Certain Victims of Holocaust-Related Deportation from France Who Are Not Covered by French Programs. This agreement is designed to compensate Holocaust survivors, spouses, and the estates of Holocaust survivors who were transported to concentration camps by Societé Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais (SNCF), a French railway company, during Nazi control of France.

For more information on the claims process or program, you can log on to:  http://www.state.gov/p/eur/rt/hlcst/deportationclaims/index.htm or call 202-776-8385. You can also submit via email at DeportationClaims@state.gov. Additionally, Ros-Lehtinen’s Miami Congressional office stands ready to assist any district residents who have questions at 305-668-2285.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Though it is said the moral universe’s arc bends toward justice, time is not a luxury we can afford any longer. Of the approximately half a million Holocaust survivors, around half of them live in or near poverty. Survivors should be able to live out their remaining days in comfort and with the knowledge that their long-sought justice has finally been achieved.

Recently, an agreement was reached between the government of France and the United States regarding victims of Holocaust-related deportations during the Nazi era. The French rail company – SNCF – knowingly and willfully transported tens of thousands of Holocaust victims to concentration camps and near certain death during the Second World War. If you know anyone who may be eligible to receive compensation under the SNCF agreement, please direct them to the State Department’s website. Remember, the deadline to submit a claim is May 31, 2016 – so get the word out as fast and far as you can.”

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