France agrees on a compensation for Holocaust survivors
New York, Dec 5: The US and French governments have agreed to compensate Holocaust victims deported from France during World War II on Friday.
According to The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the $60 million agreement covers Americans and other non-French deportees who were unable, until now, to gain access to the French pension program established in 1946.
The victims of Holocaust who were transported by state rail company SNCF to Nazi concentration camps will be receiving the reparations, according to a report. Apparently, the rail company had moved 76,000 Jews to Nazi camps during the Holocaust, however only about 3,000 survived.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, stated that this agreement represents an important recognition by the Government of France of the suffering of those who have been excluded for decades from the French Holocaust victims compensation program.
“We commend the United states for its leadership, especially Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat and his team, who worked diligently over many months to reach the best possible agreement. We also commend the Government of France who engaged in these talks in a good faith effort to close gaps that were found in its compensation program,” he said..
According to him, the agreement now heads to the French Parliament for ratification and then the U.S. government will lead the process of identifying claimants and distributing funds.”This is in addition to the over $60 million the government of France has already paid to over 1,000 eligible orphans of deportees living in the United states, and additional amounts to orphans from Israel and other countries,” said Foxman.
The Oslo Times