SNCF has worked closely with the Nazis. 150,000 people have been deported, including 14,000 Jewish children. She acted in concert with the police, the gendarmerie, the prefectural government, all subject to the enemy on the order of Vichy.
The President of the SNCF, appointed in the summer of 1940, founded and chaired an organization that has plundered and pillaged several months of Jewish merchants. The CEO of SNCF has treated its resistance as "terrorists" and urged officials to denounce each rail. Yet these two leaders will be praised for their "resistance" to the liberation by the National Council of Resistance!
But the railroad people, he was placed in the heart of the struggle against the occupier. Risking their lives in 1940, the resistance of the track helped escaped prisoners and Alsatians to "move the lines", then they rescued Jews, Spanish Communists and all deported. The SNCF employees have played a prominent role at the time of the final battle and gave a great hand in the liberation of our country and the Allied victory. But could they all like the hero revealed by this book, Leon Bronchart refuse to drive a train to the "night and fog", the Holocaust, most of whom were unaware of?
Jean-Pierre Richardot is the author, inter alia, another Switzerland, a bastion against Nazi Germany (The Feline, 2002) and 100,000 deaths forgotten, May-June 1940 (the Cherche Midi, 2009).
Le Cherche Midi
September 6, 2012
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