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Bormanns Schrifterlass, Lucian Bernhard und der Völkische Beobachter

Lutz Schweizer published the text of the decree of January 3, 1941 signed by M. Bormann on behalf of the Nazi party. He declares: "Die sogenannte gotische Schrift als eine deutsche Schrift anzusehen oder zu bezeichnen ist falsch. In Wirklichkeit besteht die sogenannte gotische Schrift aus Schwabacher Judenlettern." [It is wrong to consider the gothic script (Fraktur) as a national German script. It is in fact nothing but Jewish Schwabacher characters.] Lucian Bernhard (1883-1972), one of Germany's main designers, had created Bernhard Fraktur (1913), and this was subsequently used in Der Völkische Beobachter, the central party newspaper and publication. It is ironic, Schweizer notes, that Lucian Bernhard himself was Jewish. On the topic Bormann's decree, Heinrich Heeger wrote Verbot Deutschen Schrift Durch Adolf Hitler in volume 55 (1997) of Die deutsche Schrift.

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