berlin - Deutsche Bahn (DB) abandons a plan to name trains after historical personalities, such as Anne Frank. A spokesperson for the rail company acknowledged to the newspaper Bild that a 'hurtful' error of assessment was made.
The railway company had called on the public last year to propose names for new high-speed trains. That included the name of the famous person in hiding. However, the prospect of possibly running an Anne Frank train through Germany led to a lot of criticism.
In the Netherlands, the Anne Frank House attacked the plan at the time. 'The naming evokes controversy and we understand that. The combination of Anne Frank and a train evokes associations with the persecution of the Jews and deportations during the Second World War, 'said the foundation, who also realized that' initiatives like these often happen with good intentions. '