What is in a name? Can a German really ever call their child Adolf?

July 19, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Is it acceptable to call a child Adolf? Or has the name been permanently tainted by its association with Hitler? That’s the question a new German film set to open in cinemas this autumn explores.

Der Vorname, or The First Name is set at dinner party of old friends that starts to go wrong when one of the guests tells the others he and his pregnant girlfriend want to call their unborn child Adolf.

The others object that it’s unthinkable to give a child the same name as a man who started a world war and murdered millions, and the evening swiftly unravels as the argument brings old rivalries and tensions into the open.

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Der Vorname is based on What’s in a Name?, a 2012 French film set in Paris. But…

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