There are 6,300 street names in Munich, and a panel of experts has identified 45 of them as having an “increased need for discussion”. In many cases it is about the behavior of the namesake during the Nazi era. The mention of Robert Koch, for example, also catches the eye: This was involved in human expeditions with drugs in the former colony of Cameroon.
Munich city council has to decide
The complete list – as well as the underlying catalog of criteria – has now been published and will no longer be discussed or checked publicly. The experts want to be finished by the end of 2022 and submit a recommendation for further action. Then the city council has to decide.
In discussion: From Agnes Miegelstrasse to Wissmannstrasse
Specifically, it concerns the following streets: Agnes-Miegel-Strasse (named 1983), Alois-Wunder-Strasse (1978), Bestelmeyerstrasse (1956), Bonselsstrasse (1953), Butenandtstrasse (1996), Deikestrasse (1936), Dominikstrasse (1932 .)), Elly-Ney-Weg (1994), Emil-Nolde-Strasse (1970), Ernst-Haeckel-Strasse (1947), Hansjakobstrasse (1925), Hans-Koch-Weg (1965), Hella-von-Westarp -Straße (1936), Herbert-Quandt-Straße (1987), Hermann-Proebst-Weg (1976), Hilblestraße (1956), Ina-Seidel-Bogen (1984), Kabastastraße (1956), Kardinal-Faulhaber-Straße (1952 ), Kißkaltplatz (1930), Kraepelinstraße (1927), Langbehnstraße (1931), Leutweinstraße (1935), Linnenbrüggerstraße (1936), Ludwig-Thoma-Straße (1947), Lüderitzstraße (1932), Martin-Heidegger-Straße (1983), Max-von-Gruber-Strasse (1927), Messerschmittstrasse (1983), Mottlstrasse (1914), Nachtigalstrasse (1925), Nettelbeckstrasse (1932), Oswald-Bieber-Weg (1985), Otto-Merkt-Weg (1964) Pfitznerstrasse ( 1923), Richard-Wagner-Strasse (1898), Richard-Strauss-Strasse 1915 / 1958), Robert-Koch-Strasse (1931), Rohmederstrasse (1932), Teuchertstrasse (1936), Treitschkestrasse (1960), Von-Erckert-Strasse / -Platz (1933/37), Von-Gravenreuth-Strasse (1933), Werner-Egk -Bogen (1985), Wißmannstrasse (1932).
Up to 327 street names should be illustrated
In addition to this so-called “short list”, there is also a list of 327 other street names that could have a “need for contextualization”. They could also be explained in more detail and commented on by means of “critical-distancing” texts on small signs attached to them.
The work of the expert panel is a tightrope walk: On the one hand, historically burdened personalities should not be honored. On the other hand, street names are also “annual rings of memory culture”, as Andreas Heusler from the Munich City Archives put it. The occupation of the street space by earlier generations also reflects the city’s history more broadly.
Six streets in Munich have already been renamed
How to deal with historically loaded street names has been discussed in Munich for many years. In fact, only six streets have been renamed since 2000 “due to a serious burden on the namesake” – for example, the Meiser street became a Katharina-von-Bora street. In 2016 the city archives were commissioned to carry out a thorough review of the street name catalog. The result is the hearing that is now available.
Expert talk in the livestream
The city archives will also provide information on the procedure, the current status and the next steps on Thursday (September 30th, 7 p.m.). Experts from Berlin, Mainz and Salzburg also take part in the event “Problematic honors. Historically contaminated street names and how to deal with them”. All participant places have already been taken, but other interested parties can follow the discussion in the live stream.