Antwort: Re: Serif vs. sans serif? (Take II)

Subject: Antwort: Re: Serif vs. sans serif? (Take II)
From: Kerstin -dot- Molthagen -at- etas -dot- de
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 09:32:50 +0200

Hello Bruce!

Bruce Byfield wrote:

>"Hart, Geoff" wrote:
>> <<For one thing, fonts have a connotative history that affects how are
>> are perceived. Black letter fonts are reminiscent of the Nazis.>>
>> Since when? They certainly don't have that connotation with me.
>> only one of my relatives (a great uncle) lost his whole family to the
>> so perhaps I wasn't traumatized enough to learn this association.
>See? This is what I mean. If you chose a black letter font for an ad
>just because you liked it, your company might get a very chilly
>reception in Germany.
>Background: The Nazis used black letter fonts because they were more
>"German." Typographers like Jan Tschichold [...] were
>given a choice between imprisonment and leaving Germany [...]

I am not sure that I understand you correctly. Unfortunately, I don't have
the "black letter" font on my computer, so I am not exactly sure what font
you are talking about. Do jou mean the one that's called "Fraktur" or
(sometimes) "Gothic", more or less like the one used on this web site

In that case, You're right that the Nazis used it - at least for a time,
that is. In January 1941, they published a decree that prohibited any
further use of the font they called "Schwabacher Judenlettern". You can
find a copy of the decree at -
it's German, but I could not find an English translation on the Web.



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