Leo Bretholz escaped from the Nazis SEVEN times during World War II. He wrote a book about it so it must be true. His exploits landed him in the Holocau$t Hall of Fame and children all over the world must marvel at his superhuman abilities to survive. In some places the law demands it.
Bretholz, 92. has now launched a crusade via change.org to create a law demanding that French rail company Keolis pay reparations to Holocau$t 'victims' before they can bid on a $6 billion Maryland Purple Line project.
Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a bill that would block one of the firms seeking to bid on a multibillion-dollar light rail project from winning its bid unless its majority stockholder agrees to pay reparations to Holocaust victims.
The legislation, co-sponsored by Maryland Delegate Kirill Reznik, would block a consortium including Paris-based rail company Keolis from winning a public-private partnership for the state's Purple Line project, a 35-year contract worth more than $6 billion.
Keolis is a subsidiary of the government-owned French railway SNCF, which has admitted that it transported about 76,000 Holocaust victims to concentration camps in Nazi-occupied France.
But the company's U.S. executives say neither the bill nor a growing Internet petition on Change.org are based on facts. The petition suggests that SNCF willingly collaborated with the Nazis, an accusation the firm denies.
"These trains were operated under Nazi command. Those who resisted paid very dearly," says Alain Leray, president and CEO of SNCF America.
The company never invoiced or profited from the transports, and SNCF is not responsible for paying reparations, he says. Leray also points out that Keolis did not even exist during World War II.
However, reparations would mean something significant to 92-year-old Baltimore resident Leo Bretholz. When he speaks about what he hopes will come from his Change.org petition, his determination is evident.
"The reparations means a recognition by them — an admission by them that they did wrong. And then, the final result is justice," says Bretholz, who says he escaped from an SNCF rail car in 1942. moreWhy a French company would even get to bid on a taxpayer project is another story but that's globalism.
I've been talking to a lawyer about a petition to get reparations from all owners of German Shepherd dogs. They were accessories to the 6 million rounded up for the chambers and ovens. The ancestors of these canines and their owners must pay. It's only fair. We'll take 90% off the top. Who's with me?