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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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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Klemperer noted how the German prefix ent- de- was a Nazi rhetorical device used to make common the idea of enforcing rules of purity. Among his more interesting observations is how much of Nazi propaganda was based on Americanisms—an overuse of bombastic superlatives, consistent attributions of greatness and superiority, the constant use of the jargon of sports and competition, and ranking subjective, unquantifiable concepts.

As a professor of romance studies and a Jewish survivor of the Third Reich, Victor Klemperer brought a sharp philological perspective to the study of language under the Nazi dictatorship. Klemperer says, “Nazism was accepted by millions as gospel because it appropriated the language of the gospel. Feb 01, Walpurga Krepper rated it it was amazing. He mentions how as a boy the term ‘concentration camp’ sounded colonial to him, utterly un-German, and wonders whether it will now forever be associated with Hitler’s regime.

Want to Read saving…. It is as if the Third Reich were not only unprecedented but infallible, even holy. Aug 25, Bakunin rated it really liked it. His even angrier perplexity that he has Jewish friends saying the same thing. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. His work is based mostly on the newspapers, leaflets, and books that fell into his hands in Dresden during the war.


It was his way of trying to deal with the situation he was in, utilising his linguistic talents for a far greater cause than his academic work would ever be able to do. Retrieved from ” https: Veremos o que o futuro reserva.

Just like Sarah Palin. At the same time, it is an affective portrait of the suffering and tragic moments experienced by the author under the regime.

Excessively used in the National Socialist vocabulary are words that radiate an aura of permanence, like einmalig unique, historisch historic and ewig eternal. Oct 21, Gudrun rated it it was amazing.

I have knocked off a few lines of verse to send them: The mechanistic verb aufziehen to set up used tegtii describing the planning of an art exhibit in Dresden marked a propaganda continuity with the Third Reich replete with multiple and changing layers of meaning.

Nov 20, Diego rated it it was amazing. Victor Klemperer took [End Page ] its study as his personal mission.

Imperji see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Words can be like small doses of arsenic – they become effective after time.

But everyone knows a Jew.

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

And in turn he talks about his diaries a lot in this book. I can only imagine how horrifying the others must be. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. It was his way of trying to deal with the situation he was in, utilisi Update: The LTI, as Klemperer calls it, breeds military-worship. If you are interested in the Holocaust, in Nazi Germany, or in linguistics, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

View all 3 comments. Quotes from Language of the T LTI demonstrates changes in the German language in most of the population. Writing about the Nazi’s fixation with being ‘of the people’: Project MUSE promotes lmperii creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, tettii scholars worldwide. I read this ten years ago as history; rereading it now makes it seem like a political owners manual of our times.

Things which stand out: In a chapter titled The Star, Klemperer states how from all the suffering in the twelve years of hell, the single worst day for the Jews was 19 Septemberwhen it was made compulsory to wear the Jewish star.


Over the following chapters, The Jewish War, The Jewish Spectacles and The language of the victor, Klemperer describes with growing despair how the LTI enters the speech impedii those who on the face of it don’t support the Nazis and even the Jews, how no one escapes the constant venom that has no antidote.

Yet Klemperer points out that only a small number of words, if any at all, actually were coined by the Nazi dictatorship. Hans-Georg Gadamer surfed on it to a degree that seems to shock no one. I remember reading notes for the LTI in miperii diaries, and only just now got around to buying it.

Lingua Tertii Imperii Language of the Third ReichKlemperer’s book demonstrates with frightening clarity the powerful role played by propaganda in shaping individual as well as group identity.

Continuum, ; New York: Lots to think about, but very readable. Lists with This Book. As soon as this concept was even touched upon, everything became blurred, and we were adrift once again in the fog of Nazism.

Even at the very end, people still had ‘faith’ for a ‘miracle’. The subliminal influences were programmed as well to sustain the thousand-year Reich, and it is not clear that Klemperer, despite [End Page ] his training in French literature, possessed the philological, political, and philosophical tools to deal with that programming.

But he says it all with this recurring clever dark comedy that made me feel at once intrusive and small, and overcome with awe.

Language of the Third Reich

LTI, la lengua del Tercer Reich pretende analizar la lengua que se empleaba en la Alemania nacionalsocialista. Ironically, it survived the Third Reich to be used in terms like Entnazifizierung de-Nazification. I was intrigued, sometimes fascinated, by Klemperer’s observations of how language evolved under Nazism.