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La langue confisquée
LTI - Lingua Tertii Imperii
(The language of the Third Reich) is a work by Victor Klemperer, published in 1947. It traces the processes used by Nazi propaganda to modify the German language for ideological purposes.
Édouard Steegmann was born in Strasbourg in 1986. He is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure Saint-Luc in Liège (Belgium). He masters a number of different graphic techniques, ranging from drawing to engraving, from sketching to caricature. A passionate advocate of the work of Victor Klemperer, he has studied LTI and created a series of illustrations that were initially presented at the Struthof (European Centre of Deported Resistance Members).
The illustrator's intention
“In Klemperer's eye-witness accounts there is of course language, an eminently important thing for the philologist that he is. Language is something that cannot be avoided, a link with the outside world, and also a heritage, a history. What I am trying to show in my illustrations is the role of language in terms of repression. Its cultural heritage seems to have disappeared and been cancelled out. It ceases to be a matter for language users - the poets, writers and historians that have forged the language - and indeed it seems to have been reduced to nothing more than orders and insults in the mouths of those in authority. So it is not so much the "redefinition" of language by the Nazis and its misappropriation that interest me. I am trying to show how a people can be unconsciously influenced by this "new language" which is regular and repetitive, equally present in the press and pamphlets as in everyday life."
Through my drawings, I also touch on resistance to oppression, and on the consequences of such oppression - intellectual, moral and physical consequences. But my greatest desire is to render a "global vision" of the oppressed and of oppression. Klemperer was a Jewish intellectual and a member of the Resistance movement. Through his analysis, which reaches far beyond his own personal case or that of the people around him, he offers a description of life at the heart of the Third Reich: a descent into hell that affected every religious, intellectual and artistic community. That's what I want to show."