State rejects Holocaust education money from French railroad company

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Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson has ended a plan by a French railroad that helped carry Jews to their deaths in concentration camps to pay Florida for a program that would educate Florida children about the holocaust, and particularly France’s role. The company, SNCF America, a subsidiary of the French National Railroad, had planned to pay Florida $80,000 for the program, but Holocaust survivors say the company should have no part in such an effort, and Robinson agreed, cancelling the initiative. Survivors of the Holocaust say the French railroad, which hasn’t paid reparations to victims, was trying to make a public relations gesture to win new rail contracts in the United States. In a letter to SNCF reported on this week by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Robinson said he hoped the state could cooperate on education initiatives in the future. “While we are declining to continue our partnership at this time, we sincerely hope that, in the future, different circumstances will enable partnerships such as this one to succeed.”

Via The News Service of Florida

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