Book notice: Language of the Third Reich

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Tue Aug 1 14:01:28 UTC 2006

Forwarded from Linguist-List,

Language of the Third Reich
LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii
 Continuum Impacts
2006, Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

Author: Victor Klemperer,
Translator: Dr Martin Brady
Paperback: ISBN: 0826491308 Pages: 304 Price: U.K.  12.99

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. From 1933 to 1935
Klemperer kept detailed diaries, which contain in note form some of the
raw material for the German edition of LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii.

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.

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