Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a first-of-its-kind bill that will require the French rail company SNCF to disclose its role in transporting Holocaust victims to concentration camps if the company seeks a contract to provide train service in the state.
O'Malley signed the bill Thursday in Annapolis. He is describing the measure as an example of thinking globally and acting locally to help ensure the atrocities of the Holocaust won't be forgotten or repeated.
Leo Bretholz, a 90-year-old Pikesville resident who escaped from a SNCF train in 1942, says he hopes other states will follow the Maryland legislation.
The measure will require any company pursuing a contract to provide MARC commuter rail service to disclose activity in transporting people to Nazi death camps during World War II.