Debts of history: Greece counters German bailout demands with calls for Nazi-era reparations

March 22, 2015 9:59 AM

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Debts of history: Greece counters German bailout demands with calls for Nazi-era reparations

FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, Mina Beneroubi, a survivor of the Holocaust, right, places flowers on rails at the old train station in the northern Greek town of Thessaloniki on the 72nd anniversary of the roundup and deportation of its Jews to Nazi extermination camps during World War II. It was 1943 and the Nazis were deporting Greece’s Jews to Poland’s death camps. Hitler’s genocidal accountants reserved a chilling twist: The Jews had to pay their train fare. The total bill for 58,585 Jews sent to Auschwitz and other camps came to over 2 million Reichsmark - more than 25 million ($27 million) euros in today’s money. The Jewish community of Thessaloniki, Greece’s biggest, says it is examining the possibility of reclaiming the rail fares from Germany - and with seven decades of interest the amount would be enormous. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos,File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015 file photo, a girl stands in front of a train wagon that was used by the Nazis to carry Jews from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz during WWII, in the Greek northern town of Thessaloniki on the 72nd anniversary of the roundup and deportation of its Jews to Nazi extermi...

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