National Socialists into Nazi: Politics and the English Language

In this multimedia presentation, Andrei Znamenski (Professor of History, The University of Memphis) explores how and why the expression “Nazi” came into English usage, and also who introduced it and when. He also examines why we usually say “Nazi” in English instead of “National Socialism” and why, on the contrary, Germans tend to use the expression “National Socialism” instead of “Nazi.” Etymology of the expression “Nazi,” socialist elements in HItler’s policies, the role of the “Frankfurt School” and the non-communist left in the promoting of this word. Paper presented at the Austrian Scholars Conference, Mises Institute, Auburn, AL, March 22, 2014.
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