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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Foreign words are scarier, they stupefy and drown out thought.

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LTI – Lingua Tertii Imperii – Wikipedia

Our right wing is not the Nazi party I hate when the left or the right throw out this label. Original review on Tabula Rasa Klemperer dedicates this book to his wife, and the crisp dedication ascertains the tone of the book – sincere, heartfelt, with the humourless smile of a survivor. I first discovered this, and his diaries, during work on my Master’s thesis specifically the chapter dealing with language as a tool for brutalisation in Nazi Germany. In contrast, the text also emphasizes the idea that resistance to oppression begins by questioning the constant use of buzzwords.

I think he would have been very intrigued by and Newspeak. But studies of language – whether social, political or aesthetic – owe him a debt.

Oct 09, Arturo Victoriano rated it it was amazing. He mentions how as a boy the term ‘concentration camp’ sounded colonial to him, utterly un-German, and wonders whether it will now forever be associated with Hitler’s regime.


This is a shame, not just for his shortsightedness, but also because he might have written a great book on how the Soviets manipulated language. Towards the end there’s a cry from the heart which surely many others have echoed when contemplating the events of the Hitler years: En meget vigtig og detaljeret gennemgang af sproget under det tredje rige.

Un libro illuminante e prezioso. Mar 13, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Holocaust and Genocide Studies Klemeprer chapter, perhaps the most important klempereg the book, is simply called ‘we believe in him’. Taken together, all these Americanisms helped support the fanaticism Nazis craved and demanded of their followers. Elsewhere, Klemperer pays acute attention to ordinary words being used in extraordinary ways, and even punctuation: One of the best books I’ve read this year.

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I think it’s brilliant, but I felt hampered by not knowing German. This volume is only part of his published diaries of the period and, as will be evident from the name, is concerned with a specific aspect. Jul 05, Meaghan rated it really liked it Shelves: Evident throughout the book, however, is another kind of continuity, one just as disturbing to Klemperer: Betrayal as far as the eye can see.

While not as readable as those books, LTI may be more important to inform the present and future.

LTI was first published in in Germany. His even angrier perplexity that he has Jewish friends saying the same thing. 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.


For all the rhetoric about a “New Order,” the language of the Third Reich rested firmly on a foundation of linguistic continuity.

This Notebook, originally called LTI Lingua Tertii Imperii -the abbreviation itself a parody of Nazified language-was written out of Klemperer’s conviction that the language of the Third Reich helped to create its culture. And in turn he talks about his diaries a lot in this book. To ask other readers questions about The Language of the Third Reichplease sign up. As he fled to the rural village of Piskowitz, Klemperer decided to test the prevalence of LTI in the countryside.

Refresh and try again. I also think that if I applied his methods of observation to the media and conversation in my country, I would probably learn some disquieting things. Now that fascism is on the rise again, we need to go back to the language that marked its ascendancy in Germay and Klemperer’s notes are fundamental in the task of identifying the main characteristics of this language.

Words can be like small doses of arsenic – they become effective after time.