Veggie food van slammed for naming hot dog after Anne Frank

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A vegetarian food business has been dropped from a brewery’s event this weekend because it named one of its menu items after Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Viva Veggie Van publicised its menu online for the upcoming event, and it included a plant-based hotdog which they had called the Anne Frankfurter.

As a result of criticism online, the Birmingham Brewery Company says the company is no longer going to be trading at the event on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Maria Finn, who runs the vegetarian business with her daughter, said: “There was no big thought process behind the name at all.

“It was just something that came up when we were looking on the internet for ideas. We know all about Anne Frank and she was from Frankfurt and herself, chose not to eat meat.

“The brewing company read our menu and approved it and posted it and didn’t seem to think anything was wrong at first, but now we have been cancelled.”

She added: “We are really, very disappointed. We didn’t mean to offend anyone at all, that was never our intention. I realise now that I shouldn’t have done it.

“We started this business ourselves during Covid and this was a really big event for us. We had bought all the stock for three full days and have now taken a big financial hit.”

The £7 plant-based dish was criticised on social media with Katie Bosley tweeting: “Anne Frank like… Like the little girl who was murdered?! Am I missing something? I don’t understand this hot dog.”

She then added: “You can have this bit of PR advice for free, but it’s v valuable so, screenshot it: ‘Don’t double-down on s*** like this.’

“Say: ‘We are sorry we named a hot dog after a child who was cruelly tormented and killed during the holocaust and we will change and learn from this’.”

But someone calling themselves El Rey Slotho on Twitter took an opposing view, and said: “The likelihood here is, that the rational leading to the name, is that Anne Frank was a vegetarian, and this being a veggie frankfurter meal, sort of just made it whimsical. I don’t think someone should be banned on a question of taste.”

Owners of Viva Veggie told BirminghamLive that the name of the hot dog had been changed.

And a spokesperson for Birmingham Brewing Company said: “Naively we did not have sight of the menu before it was published.

“The choice of name for the hotdog is totally inappropriate and does not match our values. Viva Veggie will not be trading with us this weekend.”

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Anne Frank has become a potent symbol of the Nazi genocide that killed six million Jews and millions of others.

She and her family hid in 1942 from the Nazis during the occupation of the Netherlands.

Two years later she was discovered. In 1945 she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Her diaries describing her family’s time in hiding have sold more than 30 million copies around the world.
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