A special group of street names in Hanover is also formed by those referring to victims of National Socialism and members of the resistance. Among those are, above all, former Jewish citizens (e.g. Leo Rosenblatt and Theodor Lessing), as well as people of the resistance against National Socialism and politically persecuted (e.g. Wilhelm Bluhm, Franz Nause, Heinrich Bock and Karl Nasemann).
A series of streets in Hanover-Mühlenberg was named after victims of National Socialism in the seventies. Resistance fighters of the Arbeiterpartei (workers’ party) and the church are named, as well as people close to the resistance group ‘20. Juli’ (’20 July’) and other victims. Some of the nationally known eponyms are: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Anne Frank, Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, Julius Leber, Carl von Ossietzky and Sophie Scholl. The resistance fighter Orli Wald has also been commemorated as the ‘Engel von Auschwitz’ (‘angel of Auschwitz’) since 2007, and a part of Döhrener Straße was named after her.
The town archive of Hanover keeps a record of both current and historic street names, as well as their meanings.
Stadtarchiv Hannover (Municipal archives of Hanover)
Dr. Karljosef Kreter
Am Bokemahle 14-16, 30171 Hannover
Tel. +49 (511) 16 84 21 73
Fax +49 (511) 16 84 65 90