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Sunday, April 15 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Naming and Shaming: Jewish Names in German History

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About two hundred years ago, Jews in Germany were required to adopt names that would conform to the normal first-name last-name pattern of German names. Yet at the same time Jews were not supposed to assume names that sounded too Germanic since this might conceal their Jewish identities. This lecture-discussion will begin with some stories about controversies concerning Jewish names in Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries and then move on to a general conversation about how Jewish names can reflect different patterns of assimilation, acculturation and group identification.

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Chris Friedrichs

Chris Friedrichs has been teaching European and world history at the University of British Columbia since 1973. His research areas are European urban history and German Jewish history. He is active in the Vancouver Jewish community as a member of Temple Sholom, as a speaker for the... Read More →

Sunday April 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
Room F