By Anna Ellis •
Published: 12 Nov 2023 • 16:47
Town Divided Over Nursery's Proposal to Rebrand from Anne Frank. Image: Sweeann / Shutterstock.com
In the quaint town of Tangerhütte in eastern Germany, a seemingly innocent proposal to rename a nursery has set off a wave of protests reverberating across the nation.
The proposed change? The name ‘Anne Frank.’
As the controversy unfolds, the town’s authorities clarified that this move is part of a broader strategy for renovations, assuring the public that no definitive decisions have been etched in stone.
Tobias Krull, the influential president of the German-Israeli Society of Magdeburg, swiftly entered the fray, condemning the potential name change as a tone-deaf response amid the rising tide of anti-Semitism.
Meanwhile, Christoph Heubner, the vigilant chairman of the Auschwitz Committee, penned an open letter expressing deep-seated concerns.
He argued that stripping Anne Frank’s name from the nursery could potentially erode the very fabric of our culture of remembrance.
A local newspaper shed light on the nursery school’s director, Linda Schichor, who found herself navigating the delicate task of imparting Anne Frank’s Holocaust narrative to young minds.
Her struggle extended beyond the classroom, as she pointed out that parents with migrant backgrounds seemed to grapple with understanding the significance of Anne Frank’s name.
Enter Andreas Bröhm, the city’s mayor, who asserted a somewhat pragmatic stance.
He emphasised that the considerations of parents and employees should take precedence over political factors, especially if they lean towards alternative names.
It’s a delicate dance between history, sensitivity, and practicality in the heart of Tangerhütte.
As the nation watches, the fate of a nursery’s name has become a symbol of the broader dialogue on remembrance, inclusion, and the nuanced dance between the past and the present.
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Originally from Derbyshire, Anna has lived in the middle of nowhere on the Costa Blanca for 19 years. She is passionate about her animal family including four dogs and four horses, musicals and cooking.
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