Court won't let survivors sue French railway

October 3, 2011 - 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't let France's state-run railroad be sued in the United States by the descendants of Jews deported by train during World War II when France was occupied by Nazis.

The French national rail network, known as SNCF, hauled 76,000 French and other European Jews to Germany, where they were sent on to death camps. Fewer than 3,000 returned alive.

U.S. courts have thrown out lawsuits demanding France's state railway network compensate the families of the deportees, saying the cases case do not fall within their jurisdiction. The Supreme Court on Monday also refused to hear a similar lawsuit.

The case is Freund v. Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais, 10-1314.