ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The French national railway is being scrutinized by Holocaust survivors for its involvement in transporting Jews and others to Nazi death camps during World War II. The company is bidding for the United States' first high-speed rail project in Florida.
Survivors plan to raise the issue Thursday when the Florida Department of Transportation holds a public meeting in Orlando on the $2.6 billion project. They are asking SNCF to formally apologize, give full access to its records and reparations.
Legislators are also expressing concern.
SNCF argues it was under orders of French authorities, had no control under the Nazi-occupied government and that workers were coerced when they transported people to camps. SNCF says it will have full disclosure.