Dr Karl Leuger Ring Street in Vienna
By Contested Histories Initiative •
In Vienna, over 160 streets bear the names of controversial historical figures. One of these streets, once called Dr-Karl-Leuger-Ring, was named after a prominent anti-Semitic agitator whose ideology inspired the dogmatic policies of Adolf Hitler. In 2011, an archival report investigated the acts of controversial historical figures with names in public spaces. A year later, the city government of Vienna voted to rename the street Universitätsring. This case study examines the importance and consequences of altering controversial street names in light of revised historical narratives.