Why start with the personal name? Because we all have one: the personal name is the universal accompaniment to living in human society. Our name encapsulates our identity for ourselves and others; it is the bedrock of almost all forms of ID. Although we probably feel that our name 'belongs' to us, names have also been the target of considerable legal regulation in certain times and places. The regulation of names in Nazi Germany will be included.
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Professor Jane Caplan
Professor Jane Caplan is Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London, and Emeritus Fellow at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. She is a world-renowned historian specialising in Nazi Germany and the history of the documentation of individual identity.