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Should Maryland lawmakers involve state in Holocaust?

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Maryland Democrats are at it again. They didn’t learn after overriding a governor’s veto on the Walmart bill in 2005. Their result was a waste of state time and money fighting a losing battle against a bill aimed at one company. Now some want to pass a bill aimed at another specific business in order to please a 93-year-old Jew.

Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore) and Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Germantown) have introduced bills (SB 754 -HB 1326) to hold companies that profited from the Holocaust to be held responsible. What is at stake is how much Maryland taxpayers will pay for operating $6 billion contract to operate the Purple Line. In addition to public funds, fare prices keep going up for all users.

Keolis America is the U.S. affiliate of French rail company Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF).

SNCF was paid per head and kilometer during World War II to deport about 76,000 Jews and others toward Nazi camps, according to Leo Bretholz, a Maryland man who survived the Holocaust. The company was operating from Nazi-occupied France at the time.

Bretholz wants the company to pay reparations, which it cannot do under French law. The country has paid some $6 billion in reparations to Holocaust victims.

Rather than creating an international incident, Maryland politicians would be better served to kill these bills. Jews have a government. It is called Israel. If Israel wants to make a case, let it. Free State legislators should work to make the best deal for all the people of the state.

If Conway and Reznik want to practice their religion, let them practice it outside of the statehouse, however; once they enter those doors they should heed Jefferson’s advice and separate religion and state.



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