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Anne Frank Train Naming Idea Derails in Germany

Anne Frank Train Naming Idea Derails in Germany

Anne Frank (1929–1945) was a Jewish girl who wrote a diary while in hiding during World War II. (Wikimedia Commons)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 November 2017 07:38 AM

An Anne Frank train idea has all but detailed in Germany after public outcry emerged when a state rail operator included the Holocaust victim among 25 famous people to name a high-speed train after, the BBC News reported.

The "Dairy of Anne Frank" described the young Jewish girl's life on the run with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II. She died in a concentration camp.

Antje Neubauer, a representative for Deutsche Bahn, the rail operator, defended having Frank's name among others well-known people, saying that the girl's name was a symbol of tolerance, the BBC News said.

"(Frank represents) peaceful co-existence of different cultures, which is more important than ever in times such as this," Neubauer said, per BBC News.

Some argued, according to the BBC News, that since Frank and her family was deported by train to the Auschwitz death camp in 1944, with Frank later dying at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at 15, naming a train after her would be inappropriate and lacked historical sensitivity.

The Anne Frank House, the museum honoring the teenager in Amsterdam, weighed in on the controversy with a statement on its website.

"The combination of Anne Frank and a train evokes associations with the persecution of the Jews and the deportations during the Second World War," the museum said. "The combination is painful for the people who experienced these deportations, and causes fresh pain to those who still bear the consequences of those times within them."

The BBC News said the 25 names included other World War II dissidents like Hans and Sophie Scholl and the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It also includes former German chancellors Konrad Adenauer, Ludwig Erhard and Willy Brandt, and philosophers Hannah Arendt and Karl Marx.

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