(ynetnews.com) German railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) stirred up a storm after deciding to name one of its new InterCity Express (ICE) trains after Anne Frank, ignoring the fact that she—like many other Jews at the time—perished after being hauled to a Nazi extermination camp via the same method of transportation.
The name was chosen when in mid-September DB called on its customers to choose the names for its new generation of urban express trains. Within a month, 19,400 suggestions for more than 2,500 names were received—one of them being Anne Frank.
A naming committee established by the company then selected names for the 25 new trains from a list of the most popular suggestions. DB explained that their goal was to eternalize Frank’s memory even further in German society.
Antia Neubauer, DB head of public relations and member of the naming committee, was quoted by the British tabloid Daily Mail as saying that her name was picked for her representation of tolerance.
“It stands for tolerance and for a peaceful co-existence of different cultures, which in times like these is more important than ever,” she said.