The reason that streets are named after people is to pay tribute to those people. In Nazi Germany (as in other dictatorships) street signs were as much a tool of propaganda as honor. As part of the Allies German de-Nazification process, all street signs referencing any aspect of the Nazi regime were immediately removed.
And it was well worth the geographical confusion it caused. The occupiers were wise not to underestimate even the smallest name or mark on a street sign.
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