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Having followed the discussion on the term " nazi", I must say 
that it carries no special value in the German language. During the 
Hitler-regime and also today it is just short for a member af the 
NSADP or a supporter of the NS-regime.

If you want a solid reference to the German language during the 
time of Das Dritte Reich, I can recommend  the books of the famous 
German-Jewish linguist Victor Klemperer (1881-1960).

1. His dairy from the period of the Hitler-regime:

       "Ich will Zeugnis ablegen bis zum letzten" 
       Band 1 Tagebuecher 1933-1941, p. 763,
       Band 2 Tagebuecher 1942-1945, p. 928, Aufbau-Verlag Berlin 1995, 
       ISBN 3-351-02340-5

2. His "Notizbuch eines Philologen" LTI. (LTI = Lingua Tertii Imperii).
       First published in Halle 1957, but now available in 
       Reclam-Bibliothek Band 278.  ISBN 3-379-00125-2
 
Victor Klemperer use the term "nazi" as a matter of fact. In his 
diary you will find it mentioned  in context under  june 17th, 1933 
and later.

In his astounding analysis of the German language during nazi-time, 
LTI,  the term is also used without any fuzz.
 
PS: Victor Klemperers "Tagebuecher" should be a must for anybody 
seriously concerned with holocaust.

Kind regards
Peter Schaeffer,
Sankt Augustin, Germany 
  

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