German words like "Endlösung" (final solution) have been tainted, likely forever, by their association with the Nazis. A new dictionary looks at how the horrors of Hitler's regime changed the German language, Der Spiegel reports. The "Dictionary of Coming to Terms With the Past" looks at how the usage and meaning of approximately 1,000 German words has changed.
"There are very few terms associated with the Nazis which continued to be used with the same meaning after 1945,"explained the co-author. The subject of the National Socialist regime of the 1930s and '40s remains extremely sensitive in modern Germany, and any use of taboo words—and even similar political strategies—associated with the Third Reich can often cause controversy.