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Holocaust Survivors And Victims' Families Receive Millions In Reparations From France

Survivors, who were deported via French trains to German death camps, are getting around $400,000 in compensation.
Le Mémorial de la Déportation des Juifs de France names Jews deported in the Holocaust. Some got word this week they are receiving payments from the French government in reparation. Source: Jim Watson

Around three-quarters of a century after the Holocaust ended with the extermination of six million Jews, some survivors, as well as victims' families and estates, are receiving reparations from France, in acknowledgment of the government's role in deporting them to Nazi death camps via French trains.

Forty-nine people who made it out of the Holocaust alive are, the State Department's expert adviser on Holocaust-era issues, who helped negotiate the agreement. He said 32 spouses of deportees who died will get up to $100,000, depending on how long their spouse lived. Heirs and estates of deportees or their spouses are also getting paid.

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