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Masson, C. (2013). Name-Changes in Post-War France: The Traumatic Experiences of the Shoah and its Consequences on the Second and Third Generation with Reference to the Example of Name-Changes. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 94(1):49-65.

(2013). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 94(1):49-65

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Name-Changes in Post-War France: The Traumatic Experiences of the Shoah and its Consequences on the Second and Third Generation with Reference to the Example of Name-Changes

Céline Masson

(Final version accepted 6 October 2012)

Starting from our collective initiative to work on the theme of ‘The strength of the name’, which has given rise both to a conference as well as a documentary called: And their name, they have changed it, I have sought to draw attention in this article to the difference between proper names, patronymic names, and the so-called Name-of-the-father. Pronouncing names involves designating the languages of names, which also refer to the accents of names, since I have proposed the idea that each name is evocative of a language, and that changing it also modifies the language of the name. I have approached the question of the name by considering cases of name-changes, essential with regard to Ashkenazi Jewish families who changed their name after the Shoah, along with the trauma that numerous Jewish families suffered after the war. French jurisprudence does not permit reversion to the original name, once it has been changed to a more French-sounding name, owing to the immutability of the name and the foreign sound of the names of origin.

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