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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Political propaganda had intensified so that following Hitler took on religious overtones.

View all 3 comments. Aug 19, Patrick Tobin rated it it was amazing. The lessons are all too applicable to present times.

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

Das ist wohl auch der Sinn der Sentenz: During his sojourn, he observed firsthand the pervasive influence of LTI over the daily lives of Jews and non-Jews in various settings, such as bomb shelters and apartments, stores and factories, an agricultural village, and the Dresden Gestapo. In I believe in him, one of the best chapters of the book, he notes speeches where Hitler calls himself the German saviour, demanding this exalted status from his followers. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Much of the lexicon was simply appropriated from the German language before or reflected foreign influences. So he spent the years of the Third Reich in Dresden, working in a factory instead of a university, living in a “Jews’ House,” being harassed by the Gestapo, forbidden to read any books written by Aryans.


LTI – Lingua Tertii Imperii – Wikipedia

Aug 25, Bakunin rated it really liked it. Return to Book Page. He discovered that the impoverished LTI “truly encompassed and contaminated the whole of Greater Germany in its absolute conformity” p. Writ I’m a huge fan of Klemperer’s diaries – in fact, they’re some of my favorite books.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Trivia About The Language of t A Philologist’s Notebook by Victor Klemperer.

Linguua 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. The Language of the Third Reich: It is as if the Third Reich were not only unprecedented but infallible, even holy.

I admit I’m not into philology — okay, I had to look up the word in the dictionary — tertii I only read the book ikperii Klemperer kept talking about it in his diaries. National Socialism did put its business in the street, but not everyone grasped its messages, its program.

I think it’s brilliant, but I felt hampered by not knowing German. It is impossible not to draw parallels between the use of language teertii his time and ours. One of the main concepts in was Newspeak, where the government actively manipulated the language people spoke in order to control and limit their thoughts, to make dissent impossible.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Writing about the Nazi’s fixation with being ‘of the people’: Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Curiously enough, he turned around and worked for the Soviet puppet state of East Germany. 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.

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Language of the Third Reich

Over the following chapters, The Jewish War, The Jewish Spectacles and The language of the victor, Klemperer describes with growing despair how the LTI tertoi the speech of 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. I’m assuming that most of us know about George Orwell’s Nov 23, Alex Johnston rated it it was amazing.

They implicitly gesture towards his act of witness, and towards others like it. Still, it is a vital and terhii primary document about Nazi rule. Klemperer wrote his LTI: The Language of the Third Reich: Published July 1st by Continuum first published He starts with the word heroic and its nazifierte meaning, how for a whole generation of Germans heroism twrtii a soldier’s uniform.