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Swastikas on Jakob-Schiff-Straße: The Aryanization of Jewish Street Names in Frankfurt am Main, 1933-1938

February 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Frankfurt’s municipal government “Aryanized” the names of nearly fifty streets named after prominent Jewish individuals in a campaign that lasted until September of 1938. Given the fact that the Nazis had effectively managed to roll back high levels of Jewish integration in various areas of political, economic, cultural, and everyday life in Germany by the end of 1933, how is it possible that the names of Jewish individuals continued to remain physically integrated into the fabric of this city for so long? To answer this question, the talk will employ elements of spatial theory in order to challenge historians to reconsider the nature and continuities of Jewish integration in Germany both before and after 1933.

Max Lazar is a PhD Candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill specializing in modern German, Jewish, and urban history. His dissertation is a local study of Jewish integration in Frankfurt between 1914 and 1938.

Moderator: Karen Auerbach | UNC-Chapel Hill Department of History

In cooperation with the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Duke Center for Jewish Studies. This event is part of the North Carolina German Studies Workshop and Seminar Series.

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February 7, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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569 Hamilton Hall
102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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