Society for the purification and cultivation of the German language.
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Deutscher Sprachverein (DSV)
Society for the purification and cultivation of the German language, established in 1885 by the art historian and museum director Hermann Riegel. The DSV’s stated objectives were:
1. To promote the purification of the German language [and rid it] of unnecessary foreign components.
2. to cultivate the preservation and restoration of the true spirit and essential nature of the German language.
3. to strengthen general national consciousness in the German people by this means.
The DSV had many critics, and fell foul of the Hitler regime, its activities being limited by the latter from 1940 on, and the journal ceasing publication in 1943. It was refounded in 1947 as the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache.
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