Joseph Goebbels' name

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Re: Joseph Goebbels' name

Post by Halfdan S. » 27 Apr 2021 20:18

I believe I read this somewhere, can't recall ever having read that it was in honor of his infant son, which to me seems ever stranger than changing a name because it sounded too jewish. Fact is people changed jewish and slavic sounding names for names sounding more germanic.

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Re: Joseph Goebbels' name

Post by George L Gregory » 27 Apr 2021 20:32

Halfdan S. wrote:
27 Apr 2021 20:18
I believe I read this somewhere, can't recall ever having read that it was in honor of his infant son, which to me seems ever stranger than changing a name because it sounded too jewish. Fact is people changed jewish and slavic sounding names for names sounding more germanic.
Granted, but not in the case of Stroop. He changed his first name "due to an ideological setting" in memory of his deceased son.

German Wikipedia uses the reference Ernst Klee, Das Personenlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945. Fischer Taschenbuch, Frankfurt am Main 2005, ISBN 3-596-16048-0, p. 609.

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Re: Joseph Goebbels' name

Post by Halfdan S. » 27 Apr 2021 21:45

Schulz/Zinke: Die General der Waffen-SS und der Polizei, Band 5, p. 555-556:
"... genehmigt ihm "aufgrund weltanschaulicher Einstellung" die Änderung seines Vornamens Josef in den "germanisch klingenderen" Namen Jürgen zu Ehren seines verstorbenen Sohnes."

The Note points at Moczarski, p. 77 and 121 f.:
"Mein Vorname Joseph wurde mir unerträglich. Er widersprach allem Nordischen. Dieser Meinung waren auch meiner Kameraden von der SS ... Darum habe ich ganz schnell den Namenswechsel von Joseph zu Jürgen beantragt."

Without translating the lot, Stroop apparently didn't like his Name because it didn't sound nordic enough, neither did his pals in the SS - so he changed it to something more "germanic".

Sounds a bit bizarre to take a deceased sons name ... makes me think of one of the German Diplomats, can't remember which one at moment, but he changed his first Name, when his older brother died - I believe it had something to do with the elder son always carrying a certain name. But all this is getting a bit astray from the topic of this thread.

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