Language of the Third Reich: LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii

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A&C Black, Jul 1, 2006 - History - 274 pages
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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 Notebook

User Review  - Bakunin - Goodreads

One of the best books I've read this year. I'll return with a review a little later when the dust from Klemperers explosive material has settled. Read full review

Review: The Language of the Third Reich: LTI -- Lingua Tertii Imperii: A Philologist's Notebook

User 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

Contents

Heroism Instead of an Introduction
1
LTI
8
Prelude
15
Poverty
17
Partenau
22
From the Diary of the First Year
26
The First Three Words of the Nazi Language
37
Auftiehen
42
What Remains?
117
German Roots
121
A Sunny Weltanschauung Chance Discoveries Whilst Reading 1 32
132
If Two People do the Same Thing 1 38
138
Cafe Europa
148
The Star
155
The Jewish War
160
The Jewish Spectacles
170

Ten Years of Fascism
45
Fanatical
52
Autochthonous Writing
57
Blurring Boundaries
61
Punctuation
67
Names
69
Kohlenklau
78
Knif
82
On a Single Working Day
87
System and Organisation
91
Believe in Him
97
Personal Announcements as an LTI Revision Book
112
The Language of the Victor
177
Zion
187
The Curse of the Superlative
200
From the Great Movement Forward
209
Boxing
215
Gefolgschaft
220
The One Syllable
229
Running Hot and Cold
234
Putting the Theory to the Test
241
Cos of Certain Expressions An Afterword
263
Index
266
Copyright

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Victor Klemperer, a front-line veteran of the First World War, became Professor of French Literature at Dresden University. He was taken from his university in 1935 because he was Jewish, and only survived because of his marriage to an Aryan.

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