Rail firm to com­pen­sate Holo­caust rel­a­tives


The Guardian Weekly - - Global Report -

The Dutch state-owned rail com­pany has said it will pay com­pen­sa­tion to sur­vivors and rel­a­tives of those trans­ported by their trains to the Nazi death camps dur­ing the sec­ond world war, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a threat of lit­i­ga­tion.

The Ned­er­landse Spoor­we­gen (NS) was paid $2.8m in to­day’s money for de­liv­er­ing 102,000 Jews to con­cen­tra­tion camps across Europe. In 2005, the com­pany’s then chief ex­ec­u­tive, Aad Veen­man, of­fered “apolo­gies from the bot­tom of his heart and in all mod­esty”.

The be­lated de­ci­sion to pay com­pen­sa­tion fol­lowed talks with Salo Muller, 82, a former phys­io­ther­a­pist at Ajax foot­ball club, whose par­ents were trans­ported by train from Am­s­ter­dam to the Dutch tran­sit camp, Wester­bork, from where they were taken to Auschwitz and gassed.

Muller said his ini­tial plan to take le­gal ac­tion against NS, sup­ported by the prom­i­nent Dutch hu­man-rights lawyer Lies­beth Zegveld, was on hold af­ter the “his­toric” de­ci­sion.

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