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Holocaust Survivor Dies before Able to Testify for Md. Rail Bill

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Holocaust survivor Leo Bretholz of Baltimroe dies at 91.

Holocaust survivor Leo Bretholz of Baltimroe dies at 91.
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Leo Bretholz, who had escaped from a train transporting him to a Nazi death camp, died the weekend before he was to testify on behalf of a Maryland bill making railroad firms accountable for their actions during the Holocaust.

Bretholz, of Baltimore, died on Saturday, two days after his 93rd birthday.

He was to testify Monday before the Maryland House of Delegate’s Ways and Means Committee considering legislation that would prevent companies from winning tax-funded rail projects until they were held accountable and paid reparations to those who were forced onto the cattle cars.

He had become the face and voice of the Ad Hoc Coalition for Holocaust Rail Justice.

Bretholz was a young boy on one of the deportation trains run by SNCF, the French-owned railroad company, when he and another boy began filing at the bars that covered the train’s windows. Many others on the train begged them to stop for fear they would all be punished, but one rider urged them on, telling the boys to tell the world the deportees’ story, Bretholz recalled repeatedly during testimony and in his book, “Leap Into Darkness: Seven Years on the Run in Wartime Europe.”

“To know Leo was to love him and respect him, and our work to ensure justice for him and the thousands of other SNCF victims will continue in his memory,” according to a statement issued from the Ad Hoc Coalition for Holocaust Rail Justice.

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8 Responses to “Holocaust Survivor Dies before Able to Testify for Md. Rail Bill”

  1. So, the rail road firms, who had employees who worked on trains, if they had refused, then they as well as their families would have been killed too. Everyone was put in a bad way with hitler. When is it time to let it go. For G-d sakes! Hunting down 90 something year old germans who were in their early teens in the late part of the war who were afraid, threatened with death themselves, and you still hunt them down. How come no one hunts down the russians? Hitler killed 20 million, russia 130 million, and yet not 1 russian has been brought to the hague. Double standard? I think so. The hollow-cost$$ is just that, a clever tool to use against you, the Jews. And you Jews buy in to it every single time. Start thinking for a change. Sheesh! Its over, time to move on! And dont tell me about losing family in the hollow-cost, I did. Im all thats left. k?!

  2. May God and the angels be at your side. Justice will be served.

  3. :-( ..RIP ..and he will be gathered up,,in that day!

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