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Abstract: Victor Klemperer argued in LTI that the Nazis used language to and linguistic analysis, LTI established Klemperer’s reputation as a student and. By: Victor Klemperer Media of Language of the Third Reich. See larger image Personal Announcementsas an LTI Revision Book \ What Remains? \ This Notebook, originally called LTI (Lingua Tertii Imperii)-the abbreviation itself a . While LTI: Notebook of a Philologist, Victor Klemperer’s shorthand for lingua.

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Those who fall under the spell of current right-wing, fascist ideas would rather believe than consider empirical or pragmatic arguments. I especially didn’t like how the author was always mentioning a thousand french philosophers and writers that I don’t know shit about I had to read it for class and it didn’t have anything to do with thatand how he was just talking shit about absolutely everyone, even speaking ill of the people who were living with him by force by the nazis.

Still, it is a vital and important primary document about Nazi rule. This book’s premise looked interesting: If a piece of cutlery belonging to Orthodox Jews has become ritually unclean, they purify it by burying it in the earth.

Foreign words are scarier, they stupefy and drown out thought. Auch dieser geht ja – wie Klemperer – davon aus, dass die Sprache viele Symptome einer metaphysischen Vereinfachung und Teleologie aufweist.

LTI – Lingua Tertii Imperii – Wikipedia

It is as if the Third Reich were not only unprecedented but infallible, even holy. Prior to Hitler, he was an academic in the field of literature and, having been forced out of his job, he kept detailed diary notes on how language was used under the Nazis in Germany.


Believing in Hitler klemperdr a matter of faith. This is not a bad thing, as Klemperer’s own diaries are powerful reading. Sep 25, notgettingenough rated it really liked it Shelves: I was intrigued, sometimes fascinated, by Klemperer’s observations of how language evolved under Nazism. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

Evident throughout the book, however, is another kind of continuity, one just as disturbing to Klemperer: As he fled to the rural village of Piskowitz, Klemperer decided to test the prevalence of LTI in the countryside. He based mu I’m assuming that most of us know about George Orwell’s Saved from almost certain arrest, he survived the Dresden bombing kleperer February 13, For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy.

What are some examples? Here he records in great and fascinating detail how the Nazis changed German language to a language of the Third Reich, serving their sinister aim to discredit and destroy the Jewish community by building and furthering antisemitism through subtle changes in everyday language.

But everyone knows a Jew. His diary became a notebook in which he noted and commented on the linguistic relativity of the German used by Nazi officials, ordinary citizens, and even fellow Jews. I wish I’d read it sooner.

Nov 20, Diego rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Oti 05, Meaghan rated it really liked it Shelves: The mechanistic verb aufziehen to set up used in describing the planning of an art exhibit in Dresden marked a propaganda continuity with the Third Reich replete with multiple and changing layers of meaning.

Sadly that’s like the first two chapters and after that it just becomes the same diary li by a jew in Nazi Germany. I mentioned the irony already and the humourless smile, that is the pull of his writing.


Such a good book. Klemperer analyses every aspect of the politics of language in a methodical Orwellian fashion. Ironically, it survived the Third Reich to be used in terms like Entnazifizierung de-Nazification.

Language of the Third Reich

It was his way of trying to deal with the situation he was in, utilisi Update: That said, there were a couple of sections that gave me goose pimples, mainly because they are so completely relevant to today. As a philologist forced out of his academic post inKlemperer kept diary notes on the use of language klempeter he saw as being a key element in how the Nazis came to power and exerted power over people many of whom ltu were otherwise benign and not really conscious of how they were being manipulated.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This volume is only part of his published diaries of the period and, as will be klrmperer from the name, is concerned with a specific aspect.

Consider his comments from February 19, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Especially the first two. Jun 17, Eugenia Andino rated it really liked it.

Goebbels, for example, declared before the University of Political Science in June that the Nazi Party had “set up” aufgezogen a huge organization bringing citizens together with a variety of social activities. It was his way of trying to deal with the situation he was in, utilising his linguistic talents for a far greater cause than his academic work jlemperer ever be able to do.