Language of the Third Reich: LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii
Victor Klemperer (1881-1960) was Professor of French Literature at Dresden University. As a Jew, he was removed from his university post in 1935, only surviving thanks to his marriage to an Aryan.
First published in 1957, 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.'
This brilliant book is by turns entertaining and profound, saddening and horrifying. It is deservedly one of the great twentieth-century studies of language and its engagement with history.
Translated by Dr Martin Brady.
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Review: The Language of the Third Reich: LTI -- Lingua Tertii Imperii: A Philologist's NotebookUser Review - Jakob - Goodreads
Easily one of the better books I've read (still reading..) this year. Indispensable in understanding how language permutates through everything we do and think. You'll never use superlatives like "epic" that carefree again.. Read full review
Review: The Language of the Third Reich: LTI -- Lingua Tertii Imperii: A Philologist's NotebookUser Review - Jonathan - Goodreads
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). It left me speechless with ... Read full review