October 19, 2006
French railway lawsuits divide plaintiffs and country’s Jewish groups
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"The high-level officials at the SNCF knew exactly what they were doing," said William Wajnryb, who also is suing the railway. "The French police arrested my father on May 8, 1941. The SNCF took him to the Pithiviers camp in France and then to Auschwitz, where he was gassed 48 hours later. They made money by deporting my father."
Wajnryb saw the Lipietz case on TV, and found his lawyer on an American Web site. The Lipietz case "case opened a breach, and I jumped in," he said.
Wajnryb said he had asked for about $220,000, but is sure it will be refused. He figures that an out-of-court settlement is probably the best solution for everyone, because trials and appeals could take years.
"I never knew my father," Wajnryb said. "I never did anything for him. By making a claim like this, I feel like I'm walking hand-in-hand with him. I'm bringing him back from the dead across the time barrier. This is how I feel."
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