The Language of the Third Reich has ratings and 70 reviews. Hadrian said: I’ m assuming that most of us know about George Orwell’s Even if you h. Victor Klemperer () was Professor of French Literature at Dresden University. As a Jew, he was removed from his university post in. Appearing originally in as LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii (Language of the Third Reich), Klemperer’s book demonstrates with frightening clarity the powerful role.

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Writing about the Nazi’s fixation with being ‘of the people’: I wish I’d read it sooner. Writ I’m a huge fan of Klemperer’s diaries – in fact, they’re some of my favorite books.

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Evident throughout the book, however, is another lingha of continuity, one just as disturbing to Klemperer: The next morning she came up to me and said in a kind tone, ‘Forgive me for saying “Heil Hitler” yesterday; I was in a hurry and I mistook you for someone I was supposed imperiu greet in that way. I have observed again and again how the young people in all innocence, and despite a sincere effort to fill the gaps and eliminate the errors in their neglected education, cling to Nazi thought processes.

Readers may remember Klemperer from the publication of his two-volume diary, I Will Bear Witness, which, similar to this study, includes some of the most insightful observations to be found anywhere on the dynamics of propaganda and culture under the Third Reich.

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Contact Contact Us Help. Feb 01, Walpurga Krepper rated it it was amazing. Towards the end there’s a cry from the heart which surely many others have echoed when contemplating the events of the Hitler years: This book is what happens when a Jewish philologist takes up a project to keep from going insane under Nazi rule.

The Language of the Third Reich: LTI–Lingua Tertii Imperii: A Philologist’s Notebook

Change “printed lie” to “media” and it could’ve been written within the last 9 years. The lessons are all too applicable to present times.

Nov 15, Eileen Daly-Boas rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 21, Gudrun rated it it was amazing. Klemperer notes that much of the Nazi language involved appropriating old words and adapting their meaning, rather than making new ones.

Continuum, ; New York: Much of the lexicon was simply appropriated from the German language before or reflected foreign influences. This is a vital book. This page was last edited on 10 Septemberat Klemperer on the connection between Romanticism and the Nazis. Our right wing is not the Nazi party I hate impeeii the left or the right throw out this label.

His diary became a notebook in which he noted and commented on the linguistic relativity of the German used by Nazi officials, ordinary citizens, and even fellow Jews. Please note there is a week delivery period for this imperi.

They deform our humanity. Baldwin ljngua it this way: In the beginning, Klemperer’s diary entries bleed a steady against-all-odds optimism, soon a weary hope and finally you find him clinging on to his intellectual instinct as some form of strict self-preservation.


Religion and the Church incorporated Hitler into their belief systems. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.

Such a good book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Macbeth-like, their effects extend beyond their occurrence. In contrast, the text also emphasizes the idea that resistance to oppression begins by questioning the constant use of buzzwords. But also he was Jewish, and for various reasons was not incarcerated at any point on account of his ethnicity, so he was able to observe for the duration of the Reich how So, what we have here is a book about language use in Germany during the period of the Third Reich.

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Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Especially the first two.

A sort of combination memoir and philology book. Neben tegtii philologischen Untersuchungen stehen immer wieder auch Anekdoten und Reflexionen, welche das Buch zu einem enorm authentischen und auch warmherzigen Dokument machen.