Nazi-Deutsch/Nazi-German : an English lexicon of the language of the Third Reich /
Robert Michael and Karin Doerr ; forewords by Paul Rose, Leslie Morris and Wolfgang Mieder.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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xx, 480 p.
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031332106X (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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031332106X (alk. paper)
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4646462
 
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-12-01:
Readers familiar with George Orwell's 1984 will recall that among the dangers Orwell associates with totalitarian government is its recognition that language is of fundamental importance to human thought because it structures and limits the ideas people formulate and express. In order to centralize its control, the "Party" (writing soon after WW II, Orwell focused on communism) creates a language called Newspeak to replace English. In Orwell's terrifying world, the Ministry of Peace wages war, the Ministry of Truth spreads propaganda and historical revisionism, and the Ministry of Love engages in torture and punishment. During the Third Reich, Victor Klemperer recorded the Nazis' use and abuse of language as "Lingua tertii imperii" (language of the Third Reich), recorded in his diary (I Will Bear Witness, CH, Oct'00). Michael and Doerr deserve enormous credit for their exhaustive and meticulous compendium of Nazi vocabulary, including abbreviations and acronyms, military terms and ranks, government and military offices, and--critically important--euphemisms and code names. A horrifying example of the latter is Bade-und Inhalationsraume (bath and inhalation-therapy rooms), used at Belzec to deceive prisoners into believing that gas chambers were like baths at a spa. Any student of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, or WW II should know this book. Essential for all academic libraries. C. P. Vincent Keene State College
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'œAn important and unique addition to the literature of Nazi Germany, this lexicon serves as a dictionary of the terminology and specialized vocabulary of Nazi ideology...This compilation will be a strong research tool for academic, public, and high-school libraries, especially those with students or scholars studying Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, or World War II.'' Booklist/RBB
"...surely destined to become a standard volume in all Holocaust libraries."- The Bulletin of the Center of Holocaust Studies Fall 2002
'œMichael and Doerr deserve enormous credit for their exhaustive and meticulous compendium of Nazi vocabulary, including abbreviations and acronyms, military terms and ranks, government and military offices, and--critically important--euphemisms and code names....Any student of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, or WW II should know this book. Essential for all academic libraries.'' Choice
"Michael and Doerr deserve enormous credit for their exhaustive and meticulous compendium of Nazi vocabulary, including abbreviations and acronyms, military terms and ranks, government and military offices, and--critically important--euphemisms and code names....Any student of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, or WW II should know this book. Essential for all academic libraries."- Choice
'œ...surely destined to become a standard volume in all Holocaust libraries.'' The Bulletin of the Center of Holocaust Studies Fall 2002
'œKarin Doerr and Robert Michael have created a fine book....[T]he lexicon is extensive and will undoubtedly assist students of the Third Reich, World War II, and the Holocaust in their research. College students enrolled in courses on these topics and other nonspecialists stand to benefit the most. This volume gives them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the terminology of the Third Reich. Attaining knowledge of the Nazis' linguistic code will in turn enable them to make sense of the documentary evidence....[M]ichael's and Doerr's thought-provoking essays raise the issue of continuity and are thus of particular interest to historians.'' German Studies Review
"Karin Doerr and Robert Michael have created a fine book....[T]he lexicon is extensive and will undoubtedly assist students of the Third Reich, World War II, and the Holocaust in their research. College students enrolled in courses on these topics and other nonspecialists stand to benefit the most. This volume gives them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the terminology of the Third Reich. Attaining knowledge of the Nazis' linguistic code will in turn enable them to make sense of the documentary evidence....[M]ichael's and Doerr's thought-provoking essays raise the issue of continuity and are thus of particular interest to historians."- German Studies Review
"An important and unique addition to the literature of Nazi Germany, this lexicon serves as a dictionary of the terminology and specialized vocabulary of Nazi ideology...This compilation will be a strong research tool for academic, public, and high-school libraries, especially those with students or scholars studying Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, or World War II."- Booklist/RBB
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Created and used as an instrument of coercion and indoctrination, the Nazi language, Nazi-Deutsch, reveals how the Nazis ruled Germany and German-occupied Europe, fought World War II, and committed mass murder and genocide, employing language to encode and euphemize these actions. Written by two scholars specializing in socio-linguistic and historical issues of the Nazi period, this book provides a unique, extensive, meticulously researched dictionary of the language of the Third Reich. It is an important reference work for English- and German-speaking scholars, students, and teachers of the interwar years, the Nazi era, World War II, and the Holocaust. The first and only comprehensive German-English dictionary of the Third Reich language, the book provides clear, concise, expert definitions with background information. Using up-to-date research, the book provides access, in a single volume, to a specialized, charged vocabulary, including the terminology of Nazi ideology, propaganda slogans, military terms, ranks and offices, abbreviations and acronyms, euphemisms and code names, Germanized words, slang, chauvinistic and anti-Semitic vocabulary, and racist and sexist slurs. The volume is an indispensable tool for research, study, and reading about World War II and the Holocaust.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Forewordp. xi
Notesp. xiv
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
The Tradition of Anti-Jewish Languagep. 1
Nazi-Deutsch: an Ideological Language of Exclusion, Domination, and Annihilationp. 27
Lexiconp. 47
Ap. 49
Bp. 86
Cp. 112
Dp. 115
Ep. 135
Fp. 156
Gp. 175
Hp. 200
Ip. 216
Jp. 221
Kp. 233
Lp. 254
Mp. 269
Np. 283
Op. 299
Pp. 309
Qp. 321
Rp. 322
Sp. 356
Tp. 394
Up. 403
Vp. 411
Wp. 430
Xp. 448
Zp. 449
Appendixp. 459
Select Bibliographyp. 477
About the Authorsp. 481
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