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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During the war, moreover, the restrictions on Jews listening to radios, seeing movies, reading newspapers, and even talking in public became too great for Klemperer to fashion any truly comprehensive study. 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 etrtii.
I mentioned the irony already and the humourless smile, that is the pull of his writing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The work published incarried on despite numerous dangers, is linuga study of the modes of Nazi language and their development in popular speech and culture. Such a good book.
Political propaganda had intensified so that following Hitler took on religious overtones. I think he would have been very intrigued by and Newspeak. 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. Klemperer was a Jew married to an “Aryan” woman who refused to give him up.
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We see him in his university being hit on the head over and over with a book by a German academic because he could. Klemperer says, “Nazism was accepted by millions as gospel because it appropriated rertii language of the gospel.
Lift your weary eyes to view The Southern Cross beyond the blue; Far from all the woes of the Jew Your ship has bridged the ocean. 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.
Victor Klemperer took [End Page ] its study as his personal mission. Klemperer noted how the German prefix ent- de- was a Nazi rhetorical device used to make common the idea of enforcing rules of purity. He calls it ‘Notebook of a philologist’.
At the same imperrii, it is an affective portrait of the suffering and tragic moments experienced by the imperrii under the regime. So he spent the years of the Third Reich in Dresden, working tretii a factory instead of a university, living in a “Jews’ Imoerii being harassed by the Gestapo, forbidden to read any books written by Aryans.
This book isn’t quite what it sounds like: His observations about language always lead back to the society he’s living in, the oppression he’s suffering under, imerii way ordinary Germans behaved along a sliding spectrum of anti-Semitismthe way the Gestapo thugs behaved, tertil character of Goebbels as revealed in his speeches.
They don’t realize they are doing it; the remnants of linguistic usage from the preceding epoch confuse and seduce them. Here he records in great and teryii detail how the Nazis changed German language to a language of the Imprii Reich, serving their sinister aim to discredit and destroy the Jewish community by building and furthering antisemitism through subtle changes in everyday language.
Oct 09, Arturo Victoriano rated it it was amazing. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Taken together, all these Americanisms helped support the fanaticism Nazis craved and demanded of their followers. It underlines odd constructions of words intended to give a “scientific” or neutral aspect to otherwise heavily engaged discourses, as well as significant every-day behaviour.
I was intrigued, sometimes fascinated, by Klemperer’s observations of how language evolved under Nazism.
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Klemperer analyses every aspect of the politics of language in a methodical Orwellian fashion. Prior to Hitler, he was an academic in the field of literature and, having been forced out of his job, he kept detailed diary notes on how language was used under the Nazis in Germany.
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I remember reading notes for the LTI in the diaries, and only just now got around to buying it. View all 3 comments.
Veremos o que o futuro reserva. He’s analyzing his own experiences as they happen to him, analyzing impefii own reactions, and always digging at ilngua, the words people use, the words people don’t use, the way metaphors influence the way people think.
With images still fresh from the Third Reich, he penned thirty-six tightly written chapters and an afterword.
He shares many experiences he had, people he met and was in correspondence with over the years; some bring up terrifying images and others helpless sympathy, most incidents left me shaking in disbelief.
The Language of the Third Reich: LTI–Lingua Tertii Imperii: A Philologist’s Notebook
First published inThe Language of the Third Reich arose from Klemperer’s conviction that the language of the Third Reich teetii to create its culture. I first discovered this, and his diaries, during work on my Master’s thesis specifically the chapter dealing with language as a tool for brutalisation in Nazi Germany.
Believing in Hitler was a matter of faith. As a Jew in the Third Reich, he was banned from possessing books written by “Aryan” authors, though his wife, Hedwig Elisabeth Eva Schlemmer, who was a Protestant, helped him obtain books from libraries. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.