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Nederlandse Spoorwegen should pay compensation for Holocaust Survivors with Dutch money not Scottish

30 November 2018

News that ScotRail's parent company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) must pay compensation to Holocaust survivors because of its role in transporting people to death camps, furthers the case for breaking Scotland's rail contract with them, says TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes.

News that ScotRail's parent company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) must pay compensation to Holocaust survivors because of its role in transporting people tp death camps, furthers the case for breaking Scotland's rail contract with them, says TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes.

TSSA is calling on Transport Minister Michael Matheson to make a statement on the news which casts further doubt on the wisdom of the ScotRail NS partnership in the first place.

The Dutch national rail company agreed this week (Wednesday) to pay compensation to Holocaust survivors and their relatives amid fears of a legal claim, similar to one lost by French railway SNCF.

NS trains transported 107,000 Jews to the Westerbork transit camp and on to Nazi death camps such as Auschwitz. Only 5,000 of those survived. Dutch broadcaster NOS claims that the rail company received an estimated £2.2million (2.5 million euros) from the operations.

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said, “The Holocaust is the greatest ever crime against humanity. The fact that Nederlandse Spoorwegen made a huge profit from the death of innocent Jews is absolutely sickening and it is right that the company now pays compensation to survivors and their relatives. It would be right too for the Scottish government to put distance between Scotland and the shadow now cast over us by association with a company with such a dark history."

"Nederlandse Spoorwegen profited from their collusion in these horrific murders and it is they and the Dutch state alone who should pay compensation to survivors and their families.

"In the light of this news, Matheson should appear in Holyrood to assure MSPs that Scottish taxpayers and passengers money is not being used to pay this compensation."
 

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