<i>Hitlerdeutsch</i>: Klemperer and the Language of the Third Reich

James W. Underhill

in Creating Worldviews

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643158
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651566 | DOI:
Hitlerdeutsch: Klemperer and the Language of the Third Reich

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This chapter presents a case study that investigates the Nazi worldview and the role metaphors play in what Viktor Klemperer has named Hitlerdeutsch. This aim is to bear witness to the heroism of a thinker who resisted a certain form of language, and who refused to be seduced by metaphors which became a menace to society, as they were adopted by unthinking, fervently fanatical ‘sentimentalists’. Looking through the eyes of Klemperer shows how his personal world resisted the mindset of the Nazis, and resisted the transformation of the world-perceiving and world-conceiving of the German language which began to be eaten away by the Nazi mindset. This gives some degree of form and order to the way in which metaphors worked within the Nazis' propaganda. If that allows an understanding of their mindset and the way metaphors embodied it and orchestrated Nazi rhetoric and logic, then the chapter will have served its purpose.

Keywords: Nazi worldview; metaphors; Hitlerdeutsch; Viktor Klempererm worldview; German language

Chapter.  15829 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Linguistics

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