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30.10.2017 16:0 Uhr Berlin

Statement to the proposals for the names of the ICE 4

It was not our intention to disrespect the memory of Anne Frank in any way whatsoever

It was not our intention at DB to disrespect the memory of Anne Frank in any way whatsoever. On the contrary – aware of the historical responsibility we bear, we made a deliberate decision to help keep Anne Frank's memory alive. We are very sorry if any feelings were hurt as a result of this decision. All the members of the panel agreed that it was important to honor Anne Frank as an exceptional person. The proposals for the names of the ICE 4s came from DB customers and the public. There were a total of some 19,400 submissions, and Anne Frank was one of the names with the most submissions. DB of course takes the concerns expressed by the public seriously, and we will address them in internal discussions to follow. Jewish organizations have agreed to provide guidance. 

At DB, we have engaged critically with the history of our predecessor organizations ever since our company was founded. For example, we have worked to address issues surrounding the use of forced labor, and have erected a public memorial, "Gleis 17" (track 17), at the Grunewald station in Berlin, where memorial ceremonies are regularly held. The DB Museum in Nuremberg has a permanent exhibition on the role Deutsche Reichsbahn played during the Nazi regime.