German nursery named after Anne Frank to be renamed 'to be more diverse'

Anne Frank kindergarten

'Anne Frank' kindergarten is being renamed to be more 'diverse'

Dan Falvey

By Dan Falvey

Published: 07/11/2023

- 10:48

Updated: 07/11/2023

- 11:12

The decision comes amid growing calls across the globe for more diverse names

A German nursery is to be renamed after its current branding of the "Anne Frank kindergarten" was deemed to be too political.

After 50 years of association with the famous Jewish name, the kindergarten in the village of Tangerhütte said that it wanted a more "diverse" identification.

Going forwards it will now be known as "world explorer kindergarten".

Explaining the controversial decision, the kindergarten’s director, Linda Schichor, told local media: "We wanted a name without a political background."

Anne Frank

Anne Frank was considered to have too 'political' a background

A local council representative was also reported to have backed the name change.

They said the rebranding was part of a "conceptual overhaul" that would see the nursery put greater emphasis on "self determination and diversity".

The decision comes amid growing calls across the globe for more diverse names in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests.

In the US a number of universities changed their names in order to be more inclusive.


Meanwhile, a number of streets in England renamed to remove colonial references.

The decision of the Tangerhütte kindergarten has sparked a backlash, led by the International Auschwitz Committee.

Deputy head Christoph Heubner said: "If one is prepared to forget one’s own history so easily, especially in these times of renewed antisemitism and Right-wing extremism, one can only feel fear and anxiety about the culture of remembrance in our country."

There has been an increase in antisemitism in Germany in the aftermath of Hamas' October 7 terror attack in Israel.

Hamas militants killed 1,400 Israelis and took more than 230 hostages.

Last week German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck vowed to crackdown on an increase in cases of antisemitism.

"Anyone who is German will have to answer for this in court," he said.

"Anyone who isn't German also risks losing their residence status. Anyone who doesn't yet have a residence permit is giving grounds for deportation."

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