The Association Sinti, Roma and Travellers Netherlands wants the German railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB) to apologize and offer compensation for transporting Sinti and Roma to German extermination camps. Lawyer Charday Huurman writes this on behalf of the association in a letter to DB.
Recently, Holocaust survivor Salo Muller also filed a claim with the German state and the German railways.
Muller previously managed to persuade the NS to pay compensation to the victims and next of kin for his role in the transports in the Netherlands. In Germany, these excuses have not been made and to date, no compensation has been received from Deutsche Bahn. Its predecessor, the Deutsche Reichsbahn, transported Jews, Sinti and Roma to the extermination camps during the Second World War.
Also eyewitnesses and family members
Lawyer Huurman writes in the letter to the German railway company that the recognition of the role of the railways “in the suffering caused by apologies and compensation would be a step towards compensating the victims and next of kin”.
The association believes that Deutsche Bahn should also involve eyewitnesses and other family members of victims in a compensation scheme.
Across Europe, it is estimated that more than 500,000 Sinti and Roma were murdered by Nazi Germany during the Second World War.