His dictionary of Nazi words was, at one level, a desperate undertaking: If he could reverse-engineer the language, he might be able to figure out how everything he had known and loved had been destroyed.
But the project had other, more practical functions as well.
Unpacked now for the first time, they contain his postwar collections — Hitler stamps and pieces of anti-Semitic propaganda.
One thick folder is filled with hundreds of previously unseen poems and songs Jews composed in the ghettos and camps, which he transcribed from survivors.
A mission of his own took shape: to reveal the ways the Nazis had used the German language to obscure the mechanics of mass murder and make genocide more palatable to themselves.
We now have a glimpse into the mind of Blumental and his fellow survivor historians.Some items are more visceral, like a piece of leather from his dead son’s shoe.But the artifacts are dwarfed by thousands of note cards covered in minuscule cursive handwriting.He hoped that such a lexicon would be useful for prosecutors during the many postwar trials of the late 1940s — three of which Blumental attended as an expert witness, including the trial of Rudolf Höss, the Auschwitz camp commandant.And he was aiming, too, at the future, for a time when the documentary evidence of the genocide might be indecipherable without some kind of linguistic key.“For him, coping with the experience of the war was both personal and extra-personal,” Brent said.“And his papers, as a result, contain the most intimate thing imaginable and essentially the linguistic grid of Nazism.” Blumental received a master's degree from Warsaw University with a thesis called “On Metaphor” and he knew nearly a dozen languages, from Hebrew to French to Ukrainian.How did non-Jewish victims suffer from this event and why? Because of this there will be plenty of documentation related to the events.There are various areas online and places you can visit that provide more insight on Holocaust events.There were violent events that took place during this time and some feel other countries could have done more.This is a prime example of how complex politics can be and how challenging things were during this time period.