Qty : Please note there is a week delivery period for this title. A labourer, journalist and a professor who lived through four successive periods of German political history — from the German Empire, through the Weimar Republic and the Nazi state through to the German Democratic Republic — Victor Klemperer is regarded as one of the most vivid witnesses to a tumultuous century of European history. First published in , The Language of the Third Reich arose from Klemperer's conviction that the language of the Third Reich helped to create its culture. As Klemperer writes: 'It isn't only Nazi actions that have to vanish, but also the Nazi cast of mind, the typical Nazi way of thinking, and its breeding ground: the language of Nazism. What Remains?
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Victor Klemperer collected the material for this analysis of NS-Sprache in his diaries and notebooks throughout the twelve year trajectory of the Third Reich. His observational powers are astounding, as readers of his diaries can attest, but it is in this study that his cool, detached intellect distills the essence of Nazism and the elaboration of its linguistic forms.
The work is enriched by its erudition and references. It is an essential resource for the student of Nazi society. Though it has appeared in many other German language editions, this edition, for the combination of the original text with helpful annotations by the translator, is particularly useful.
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Language of the Third Reich
LTI : Notizbuch eines Philologen
Lingua Tertii Imperii studies the way that Nazi propaganda altered the German language to inculcate people with National Socialist ideas. The book was written under the form of personal notes which Klemperer wrote in his diary, especially from the rise of the Nazi regime in , and even more after , when Klemperer, stripped of his academic title because he was of Jewish descent, had to work in a factory. 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. Klemperer wrote the book, based on his notes, in — LTI demonstrates changes in the German language in most of the population. In contrast, the text also emphasizes the idea that resistance to oppression begins by questioning the constant use of buzzwords. Both the book and its author unexpectedly survived the war.