The Kitchener Name Controversy
Berlin Ontario, Kitchener Ontario, Lord Herbert Kitchener, historic city name changes, controversial places, World War I in Canada, concentration camps, Boer War
Kitchener is a very controversial name for a city, but why is that? The history of the name dates back to 1916 when anti-German sentiment in Canada led to a push to abandon the original name of Berlin. Instead, they choose the namesake of British war hero Lord Herbert Horatio Kitchener. However, since 1916, our definition of ‘hero’ has changed dramatically. What can a city do about being named after someone with such a dark history?
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Guan, Yilin; Young, Sarah; and Demelo, Bianca, "The Kitchener Name Controversy" (2020). Controversial Commemorations in Ontario: Fall 2020. 5.