The German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) has defended its determination to call a high-speed prepare after the world-famous Holocaust sufferer Anne Frank.
Anne Frank’s identify is amongst these of 25 well-known Germans chosen by a jury after a public session.
A German conservative MP, Iris Eberl, tweeted that it was a “tasteless” alternative, as Anne Frank and different Jews had been despatched by prepare to their deaths.
However DB spokesperson Antje Neubauer stated the woman was a logo of tolerance.
Anne Frank additionally represented “peaceable co-existence of various cultures, which is extra vital than ever in instances reminiscent of this”, she stated.
The Diary of Anne Frank is a worldwide bestseller, describing the Jewish woman’s life in hiding together with her household in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in World Struggle Two.
The Frank household have been deported to Auschwitz loss of life camp in 1944, and Anne died later in Bergen-Belsen focus camp on the age of 15.
DB is state-owned and the successor of the Deutsche Reichsbahn, which deported hundreds of thousands of Jews and different victims of the Nazis.
Julian Reichelt, a journalist on the common German day by day Bild, tweeted: “Now DB is naming trains after victims of deportation by prepare, beginning with Anne Frank.”
The names will adorn a brand new technology of DB’s ICE high-speed trains, set to enter service within the subsequent two years.
Jury member Prof Gisela Mettele stated there was “spectacular range” within the many well-known names urged by the general public. Those chosen, she stated, “have one factor in frequent: they have been curious in regards to the world”.
The 25 embody some wartime dissidents who died resisting the Nazis: Hans and Sophie Scholl and the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
There are additionally former German chancellors Konrad Adenauer, Ludwig Erhard and Willy Brandt, in addition to philosophers Hannah Arendt and Karl Marx.
ICE trains can even be named after novelist Thomas Mann, music maestro Ludwig van Beethoven and actress and singer Marlene Dietrich.