Language Of The Third Reich: LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii

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Language of the Third Reich: LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii


Victor Klemperer (18811960) 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 twentiethcentury studies of language and its engagement with history.


Translated by Dr Martin Brady.

Review
“Klemperer's The Language of the Third Reich (or LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii) is important but difficult to categorize. Originally published in German in 1957 and translated into English in 2000, LTI derives from notes the Jewish philologist and literature professor took before and during WW II, in which he signals and dissects Nazi language. This book is an honest narrative of hope...

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