Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pressure in Florida on Holocaust Involvement of High-Speed Rail Firm

Florida's plans to construct a $2.6 billion high-speed rail project connecting Tampa and Orlando has taken an interesting twist.  One of the few firms internationally with the experience to build such a project is the rail firm owned by the French government.  

During World War II, the SNCF firm was involved in transporting prisoners to concentration camps, prompting some survivors and relatives of Holocaust victims to put pressure on the Florida legislature.  They want SNCF to apologize for its role in the war, make records available, and make reparations.  Click here to read a news article with more details.

In California, which is also working on a high-speed rail system, the legislature recently approved a bill that would require firms bidding on the work to disclose any involvement in World War II transportation of people to concentration camps.  Click here to read my previous blog entry on the subject.

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