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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He thought of the words of Hitler, Goebbels, and other Nazi Party leaders not as rhetoric in the usual sense, that is, as items to be dismissed as “talk,” but as death-dealing discourse, “like tiny doses of arsenic” poisoning the population 15often without its knowledge.

Even if you haven’t read the book, you are likely familiar with some of the basic concepts: Notizbuch eines Philologen in andmainly from notes he kept in the diaries that make up Ich will Zeugnis ablegen bis zum letzten: Apr 02, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Every message must be simplified and the bold underlined golden rule is not to let the Volk think critically.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: To ask other readers questions about The Language of the Third Reichplease sign up. A person who reads books for a living, physically assaulting another person with a book because he can. Klemperer wrote his LTI: A sort of combination memoir and philology book.


His angry bewilderment as he watches nice non-Jewish Germans explaining that Hitler is for the best. He looks up the names of street signs, birth and death notices in the newspapers, advertisements. I would not wholly disagree, but I’d also see about how the Nazis spread their language – through mass media, education, speeches, conversation, etc. Oct 21, Gudrun rated it it was amazing. When enemies of the state or Jews were deported, they were ‘evacuated’: Klemperer on the connection between Romanticism and the Nazis.

On another level, somewhat earlier, Nazi newspapers used the term in a pejorative I admit I’m not into philology — okay, I had to look up the word in the dictionary — and I only read the book because Klemperer kept talking about it in his diaries.

LTI – Lingua Tertii Imperii – Wikipedia

I can only imagine how horrifying the others must be. I’ll return with a review a little later when the dust from Klemperers explosive material has settled. I’m a huge fan of Klemperer’s diaries – in fact, they’re some of my favorite books.

Much of the lexicon was simply appropriated from the German language before or reflected foreign influences. The work published incarried on despite numerous dangers, is a study of the modes of Nazi language and their development in popular speech and culture.


Language of the Third Reich

An illuminating study of the language that characterized the Third Reich. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Both the book and its author unexpectedly survived the war.

Paperbackpages. Victor Klemperer took [End Page ] its study as his personal mission.

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And what is significant? Klemperer talks about the Nazi leadership herding its followers like cattle. View all 5 comments. This volume is only part of his published diaries of the period and, as will be evident from the name, is concerned with a specific aspect.

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

It greets you in the tropics more For Europe is a notion! His marriage to Eva linguw him from the early deportations. This book isn’t quite what it sounds like: The Diaries of Victor Klemperer This website uses cookies to improve user experience.

From the GreatMovement Forward While not as readable as those books, LTI may be more important to inform the present and future.