The Stigma of Names

The Stigma of Names : Antisemitism in German Daily Life, 1812-1933

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When the Nazis came to power certain forenames, eg., Moses, Mendel, Julius, and surnames such as Levy, Jakobson and Goldschmidt, were considered characteristically Jewish. Drawing on records of formal applications to change one's name, together with the official correspondence involved, Bering shows how the legislation on name changing affected Jews in different ways, beginning with a brief attempt at integrating the Jews into society, and developing into an outright ban on name changing imposed on people of Jewish faith or descent. By recapturing the associations of certain names and showing how they affected the lives of their bearers, the author attempts to demonstrate the pervasiveness of antisemitism as a social force in everyday life over this period.
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  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 634g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • German
  • notes, bibliography
  • 0745606989
  • 9780745606989

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Table of contents

Part I Introduction: 1. Problems and Goals 2. Methods and current state of research. Part II Historical Section: 3. The Emancipation of the Jews 4. The Enforcement of the Adoption of Names 5. The Fight for "Christian" First Names 6. The Closed List 7. The Lifting of Any Restriction in the Question of Names 8. The Delegation of the Responsibility for Changes of Name 9. The Antisemitic Special Provisions for Changes of Name up to 1907 10. The "Kohn-Korner" case 11. The Softening of the Wilhelminian System of Changes of Name 12. Survey of the Weimar Period. Part III Systematic Section: 13. The Overall Result of Changes of Surname and First Name 14. The Urgency of Desires for a Change of Name 15. Theoretical Foundations of the Significance of Polemics Against Names 16. Name as Stigma 17. The Social Steering Function of Names 18. Names and Occupational Structure of the Jews 19. Business Antisemitism 20. Jewish Names in Central Areas of Prussian Identity 21. Semanticizing Tendencies 22. The Similarity of Target Names as a Means of Recognisability 23. The effect of Changes of Name 24. Resume
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