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Given Names of Czech and Moravian Jews in the Post-War Period


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The study is based on onymic material from birthday and death notices of members of Czech Jewish communities published regularly in the bulletin Roš Chodeš (646 names), and on a sociological survey organised on-line (26 respondents). The choice of civil names for Jewish children born in the post-war period was influenced by the political and social climate in communist Czechoslovakia. Names popular with the Czech majority were preferred because Czech Jews had a tendency to hide their identity. After the revolution of 1989 and the fall of communism, the situation changed. Since then, we can see the return of traditional Hebrew names given to (not only) Jewish children. Looking for Jewish roots and interest in Judaism, brings the choice of “religious” names in adulthood that could be used only for synagogue, or publicly as second given names.




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Dvořáková, Žaneta Given Names of Czech and Moravian Jews in the Post-War Period. Доклади от международната ономастичната конференция „Антропоними и антропонимни изследвания в началото на XXI век“. Издателство на БАН „Проф. Марин Дринов“. 2021: 142-155.  https://archive.jpr.org.uk/object-2373