Daycare center “Anne Frank” – Yad Vashem criticizes the new name of the kindergarten

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Daycare center “Anne Frank” – Yad Vashem criticizes the new name of the kindergarten

The planned name change of an ‘Anne Frank’ daycare center in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt has also caused criticism in Israel. In a letter to the mayor of the city of Tangerhütte, the chairman of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Dani Dayan, explained his concerns.

“The depersonalization of the name of this daycare center sends an alarming signal to the citizens in your region,” Dajan wrote in the letter to non-party mayor Andreas Brohm. According to the head of the memorial, he was very surprised by “this development” and asked Brohm to “reconsider” the plans.

“Legacy no longer relevant?”
He further wrote in the letter, which was also addressed to Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU): “What educational message do you want to send to the city’s residents by changing the name of the facility? Are you suggesting that Anne Frank’s legacy is no longer relevant, especially at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in Germany and many other countries?

Change not yet resolved
The planned name change had already led to fierce criticism. After a pedagogical concept for the kindergarten with ‘fundamental changes’ had been developed, the question arose how these changes could be made visible to the outside world, according to Mayor Brohm. “Anne Frank” could now make way for the name “World Explorer” – should a change occur. However, Brohm said nothing has been decided yet.

Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1929 to Jewish parents. Her family fled from the National Socialists to the Netherlands in 1933. She hid in a secret annex there from 1942 to 1944. During this time, Anne Frank wrote a diary that is one of the most read works in world literature. Anne Frank died in 1945 at the age of 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Source: Krone

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