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(Spiegel)   Google introduces new exonym feature: WW2 city and street names in Google Maps. Come for the Adolf Hitler Platz, stay for Königsberg   (spiegel.de) divider line 9
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2014-01-10 09:12:20 AM  
Maybe I'll see what sort of route Google chooses if I want to traverse all seven bridges.
 
2014-01-10 09:16:48 AM  
Don't we still have something like 900+ years left on that street name?
 
2014-01-10 09:22:04 AM  
People misspell things all the time.

//I wonder if Google will do a followup on the "Huh?" explanation.
 
2014-01-10 09:56:10 AM  

pkellmey: People misspell things all the time



Yes, getting one or two letters wrong constantly gets me from:
Theodor-Heuss-Platz
to
Adolf-Hitler-Platz

Happens all the time.
 
2014-01-10 10:07:48 AM  
Looks like one of the google maps people are now traveling with The Doctor


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2014-01-10 10:50:15 AM  
Otisburg?!

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2014-01-10 11:32:04 AM  
I think this would actually be a useful feature for historians who wanted to research WWII-era documents and manuscripts.

Google would have to take care to make it clear that any 'old' names it displayed were actually old, and they'd probably be wise to make it 'opt-in' somehow.

But if the source material you were researching used the nazi street and place names, it would be nice to be able to Goole-map them.
 
2014-01-10 12:47:38 PM  

aaronx: But if the source material you were researching used the nazi street and place names, it would be nice to be able to Goole-map them.


I kinda wish they'd come up with some way to allow you to Google old street names. When cities like New York and Philadelphia consolidated with their surrounding communities at the end of the 19th century, duplicate street names had to be dealt with, so there were wholesale re-namings, which makes tracking down old addresses hard.
 
2014-01-10 09:15:33 PM  
Isn't Google Maps names usually crowsourced? Or at least you can add stuff yourself because I really doubt Google themselves are adding stuff like podunk cities in my country...

So, given that, isn't it obvious that a rebellious user wanted to cause ruckus and created a new location very close to the plaza and named it Hitler Plaza (I say this because you can still see the current name ON the plaza itself, while the Hitler one is on the street.)

But Germans aren't the most logical when it involves anything Nazi.
 
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