January 29, 2007

YET THE LEFT CARES THAT THE FRENCH HATE US:

A railway that did Nazis' bidding: France's state railroad is being sued by Holocaust survivors and their families. (Mary Papenfuss, 1/29/07, The Inquirer)

Sonia Jeruchim heard that "something big" was about to happen to the French Jewish community in July 1942. Her husband, a watchmaker, dismissed the rumors as bubbe meises - Yiddish for "grandma tales."

But within days, the French police rounded up about 13,000 Jews for deportation to German death camps. And Jeruchim found herself sobbing in the home of a sympathetic Christian family, pleading that they arrange safe passage for her three children.

"I remember she said: 'If anything happens to me, please see my children get an education,' " recalled Simon Jeruchim, 77, a retired package designer from Pomona, N.Y., who was 12 at the time.

Within hours, the children were whisked away to safety in rural Normandy. But their parents were soon arrested and forced onto a French train. Final destination: Auschwitz.

"It makes me so angry," said Simon's younger brother, Michel Jeruchim, 69, of Paoli, who was 5 when he last saw his mother. "The pain of my parents' loss is a wound that never heals."

The Jeruchims are among more than 100 Americans who have joined a groundbreaking legal action in Paris against the French state-owned railway, Societé Nationale des Chemins de Fer, which shipped thousands of Jews to transit hubs on their way to liquidation. It is the same railway that now carries French commuters to their jobs. About 76,000 Jews in France were transported to German death camps; only 2,500 survived.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2007 9:33 PM
Comments

We should be mortified if people so degraded and depraved did not hate us.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 29, 2007 11:21 PM

The French did what they always do: surrender, collaborate, then rat out the Jews. To me, French hatred for America is a great source of pride.

Posted by: JonSK at January 30, 2007 11:41 AM

Bingo.

Posted by: erp at January 30, 2007 11:45 AM
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