Karl Reumuth

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Karl Fürchtegott Reumuth (born November 18, 1886 in Wüstenbrand ; † April 26, 1964 ) worked after his doctorate as a lecturer at the Leipzig University for Teacher Education .

As such, he considered Adolf Hitler's way of speaking exemplary and expected, in one publication, that

"Every German carries the speech that the Fiihrer gave in front of the German Reichstag when the campaign against Poland was announced, in the whole sound form in his heart."

- Karl Reumuth 1941

In addition to Otto Basler and Erich Gierach, he played a key role in the development of the rules for the reform of German spelling from 1944 and was one of the narrower group of orthography reformers in the first post-war years. Reumuth's persistence in a folkish way of thinking associated with the mystification of the 'German mind ' is evident even after the Second World War in his textbooks, which were still widely used at educational colleges and teachers' seminars:

“Anyone who breaks away from the national community, who does not feel that he is 'a part of it', cannot be a poet of the people. Linguistic mastery alone does not constitute a poet. The decisive factor is the wealth and depth of the 'mind' "

- Karl Reumuth 1956


  • (Ed.): Local history for Leipzig and the Leipzig district. Leipzig 1927.
  • Mother tongue lessons . Bonn 1956 (contributions to German language education 4)

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Entry on Karl Reumuth in Kalliope
  2. Peter Ernst: From “political language” to “political pronunciation”. In: Use of Language in Politics. Grammatical, lexical, pragmatic, cultural and dialectological perspectives. Edited by Annamária Fábián and Igor Trost. De Gruyter, Berlin 2018 ISBN 978-3-11-063772-4 , pp. 339–350, p. 343 ( online preview at Google Books ).
  3. The mother tongue teaching, Vol. 6. Dürrsche Buchhandlung, Berlin 1956, p. 54; quoted after without comment. In: The time of November 24, 1961 (time mosaic ).