The mutation of language in unfinished wars
My grandmother, of fond memory, was born in the city of Chernwitzi and as a child had to flee the region that belonged to Ukraine. They fled overnight, leaving everything behind when the Cossacks – also known as White Russians – murdered their father, my great-grandfather, inside the house, with a shot in the head. systematic attacks against Jewish populations).
One hundred years later, Wladimir justified his not-so-secret expansionist rage using the expression “denazify” Ukraine. However, in the face of such a noble ideal, the complaint deserves analysis. It forces us to examine the contemporary context of the use of the term “Nazi”. It has been bastardized, distorted, trivialized, misused, and, as if that weren’t enough, used in a perverted way. The term Nazi has been semantically distorted, linguistically vilified, and under these mutations the term now reappears as a…
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