ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Holocaust Survivors may receive reparations from a bidder that is trying to build a rail line in Maryland.
There's a bill on the table that would require companies involved in transporting victims to concentration camps during World War II to pay reparations to bid for public-private partnership projects. Keolis America, which is majority-owned by french rail company SNCF is one of four bidders competing for a contract to build Maryland's Purple Line light rail.
Historians say that SNCF transported about 76,000 Jews and other prisoners to concentration camps. Del. Jon Cardin (D) who is a co-sponsor of the bill, sent a statement:
"As policymakers, we have a limited ability to force actors to behave how we want. However, what we can do and often attempt to do is hold bad actors accountable when they break the law or act immorally."
Leo Bretholz, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor who was supposed to testify before a House committee Monday afternoon passed away over the weekend.