Nazi-Deutsch/Nazi-German: An English Lexicon of the Language of the Third Reich

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Machtergreifung. Seizure of power. The legal assumption of power by Hitler and the Nazis on January 30, 1933, when he was appointed chancellor. Other early steps were the laws that destroyed the civil liberties of the Weimar Republic and gave arbitrary powers to Hitler. See also Ermächtigungsgesetz; Machtübernahme; Reichstagsbrandverordnung.

Machtübernahme. Taking power. Hitler’s appointment as Reichskanzler of the Weimar Republic on January 30, 1933. This takeover led to years of profound changes in German government, society, economy, legal system, communications, education, and the military, resulting in a totalitarian dictatorship: The Third Reich mandated one leader, or Führer; one recognized political party, the Nazi Party; Reich government and Nazi Party monopolies by means of law and propaganda, coercion and persuasion, on all forms of communication—including education and the media—on terror and violence, including concentration camps and the military; on the economy—especially dominating labor but essentially maintaining a capitalist system for management and ownership. See also Ermächtigungsgesetz; Gleichschaltung; Machtergreifung.

Madagaskar-Plan.See Fall Madagaskar.

Mädel. Girl. The ideal German girl; replaced Mädchen. Also, youngest members of the Bund Deutscher Mädel in der Hitlerjugend.

Mädelführerin. Girls’ leader. Female leader of the ten- to twenty-one-year-old girls in the BDM; responsible for administration, training of the leaders, preparation for cultural and celebratory events, outings, gatherings, and public collections.

Mädelgruppe. Girls’ Group. Unit within the BDM consisting of four Mädelscharen; that is, about 160 girls and one group leader.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Foreword xi
  • Notes xiv
  • Foreword xv
  • Preface xix
  • Acknowledgments xxi
  • The Tradition of Anti-Jewish Language 1
  • Nazi-Deutsch: An Ideological Language of Exclusion, Domination, and Annihilation 27
  • Lexicon 47
  • A 49
  • B 86
  • C 112
  • D 115
  • E 135
  • F 156
  • G 175
  • H 200
  • I 216
  • J 221
  • K 233
  • L 254
  • M 269
  • N 283
  • O 299
  • P 309
  • Q 321
  • R 322
  • S 356
  • T 394
  • U 403
  • V 411
  • W 430
  • X 448
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  • Appendix 459
  • Select Bibliography 477
  • About the Authors 481
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