I Changed My Name: Cultural Debates Over Name Changing After WWII

Kirsten Fermaglich
Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University
Sunday November 17
3 p.m.

How did leaders in the Jewish community respond to name changing? How did Jewish comedians, writers, and directors respond? How did name changers' neighbors and co-workers respond? We will talk about negative responses from Jewish leaders after WWII, who tended to assume that many name changers were trying to escape the Jewish community. Quietly challenging these negative images, however, were the voices of Jewish name changers who continued to describe themselves as Jews, explaining that they changed their names so that their Jewish identities would not impede their ability to get through daily life.

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