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Nazi Font by stine Nazi Font by stine
This is a pic I made, because I like to call attention to one of many problems we have in germany caused by our political history.

Blackletter fonts are something like a small taboo in Germany. They are often titled as Nazi fonts.
And why?

I don't know!
There is no fact that would justify this!

The first type of Blackletter was printed in 1455 by Gutenberg, used for the "Bible". Since that time the Blackletter fonts were an integrant of many european cultures, and also used in Germany until 1941.

What happened then?
Adolf Hitler himself prohibited at 03.01.1941 via Martin Bormann the using of all Blackletter types at school and all print products. He miscalled them "Jew-letters".

(See a copy of this Prohibition here: [link] - only german)

Instead he wanted only the latin type letters to be used everywhere, that fonts that are a part of our "modern" life.

After war this prohibition was no longer valid, but noone saw a reason to reinvigorate the old fonts.
It's a great pity, like I think.

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It's very straining and always annoying to have to explain over and over again to somebody that you are no nazi, just because you used blackletter fonts for something.
So please think twice.... Thanks!


<Sorry for my bad english!>
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WolfShadowYuma Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
We were discussing this in class and I decided to look this up on DA (It was a shot in the dark I know)
I was surprised to find this. So Thanks on the information!! Keep it up for anyone else's curiosity!! ^^
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stine Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad I could help :)
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GerardoSP Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist
I got to this post by looking for a german font (Tannenberg) I like those fonts a lot. In fact I am going to use that font in a "manual" that i have to make for a homework (sadly it's not in german).

About the new fonts, I think that the "new" latin fonts trend allowed "Helvetica" to born as we know it today. Helvetica is in my opinion the best font because I can read it really easy.
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Boghdan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Thanks for the info. Never knew that. That's so much similar to what is happening in ex-USSR, where some ppl still being big fans of Stalin at same time are biggest protectors of celebrating 9th of May (Day of Victory) while they forget that at certain point Stalin has forbidden celebrating that day and made it a working day. Celebration on 9th of May continued only in 1965 (if i'm not mistaken) during the big crisis and depression in USSR (Brezhnev times), when the word "deficite" became extraordinary popular and still is associated with soviet times. It was some kind of a way to distract soviet citizens from the actual problems in economical and social spheres and fulfill their minds with the heroism in the past =)
Dunno, personally for me these letters are more associated with medieval times, though even if Third Reich would be popularizing this font, still it wouldn't be the reason to put this font into the list of unacceptable ones, otherwise same had to happen with Volkswagen production and many other brands in Germany =))
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1500852 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
really interesting!, I didn't know that, I love blackletter fonts and use them for everything, they're beautiful, intricate and have such great history.
Do they really ask you if you're a nazi because of this fonts?
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stine Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
no, they do not ask - but call me names.
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