Victor Klemperer (1881-1960), 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.
A labourer, journalist and a professor who lived through four successive periods of German political history – from the German Empire, through the Weimar Republic and the Nazi state through to the German Democratic Republic – Victor Klemperer is regarded as one of the most vivid witnesses to a tumultuous century of European history.
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.'
Table of contents:
Heroism (Instead of an Introduction) \ 1. LTI \ 2. Prelude \3. Distinguishing Feature: Poverty \ 4. Partenau \ 5. From the Diary of theFirst Year \ 6. The First Three Words of the Nazi Language \ 7. Aufziehen \ 8. Ten Years of Fascism \ 9.Fanatical \ 10. Autocthonous Writing \ 11. Blurring Boundaries \ 12.Punctuation \ 13. Names \ 14. Kohlenklau\ 15. Knif \ 16. On a Single Working Day \ 17. 'System' and 'Organisation' \ 18. I Believe In Him \ 19. Personal Announcementsas an LTI Revision Book \ 20. What Remains? \ 21. German Roots \ 22. A Sunny Weltanschauung (Chance Discoveries WhileReading) \ 23. If Two People Do the Same Thing... \ 24. Café Europa \ 25. TheStar \ 26. The Jewish War \ 27. The Jewish Spectacles \ 28. The Language of theVictor \ 29. Zion \ 30. The Curse of the Superlative \ 31. From the GreatMovement Forward... \ 32. Boxing \ 33. Gefolgschaft \ 34. The One Syllable \ 35.Running Hot and Cold \ 36. Putting the Theory to the Test \ ''Cos of Certain Expressions' (AnAfterword) \ Index.