View Full Version : The "Kurrent-Schrift" or "Deutsche Schrift"

Friday, April 15th, 2005, 10:32 AM
I've already posted this on FG, but maybe not all of you are here and there, so here I go again:

Before 1941 the Germans used a apecial form of handwriting. It was called "Kurrent-Schrift" or "Deutsche Schrift" ("Sütterlin-Schrift" was an easy form of it):


In 1941 it was forbidden and replaced by the "Normalschrift", this means the latin letters. The "Kurrent-Schrift" was called "Schwabacher Judenletter".

Unfortunately I don't find any connection to the Jews concerning this handwriting. Has anyone more information about it?

I have heard some strange rumours that it was forbidden because the people in the German occupied countrys weren't able to understand that form of writing, so it has to be changed, and the story about the jewish background of the writing was just a pretext.

The "Schwabacher Schrift" was established in Germany already in 1480 - and almost everything which was printed, was printed in its letters. By poetry of Hans Sachs it was spread over the country very quick. Also all work of Luther was printed in "Schwabacher Schrift". It's kind of impossible that the "Schwabacher Schrift" was invented by the Jewish, because in 1480 it was forbidden to own or work with printers if you were a Jew. Just Christians which had civil rights were allowed to work with and own printers.

In 15. century and long after there were no printers owned by Jews in Germany.

Friday, April 15th, 2005, 10:36 AM
By the way: For all German speakers the University of Vienna has a free online course for learning the Kurrent-Schrift
http://gonline.univie.ac.at/index_m1.php?lid=1&sid=2524 (http://)

Sunday, April 17th, 2005, 07:25 PM
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