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Sütterlin

Sütterlin is the name for the old German handwriting script as it was taught in schools between ca. 1920 and 1941.

It is named after its designer, Ludwig Sütterlin, a German graphical designer and teacher.

Sütterlin was installed in Prussia in 1915, and from the 1920s onwards began to replace the relatively similar old German handwriting ("Spitzschrift") in schools. In 1935 it officially became part of the curriculum as an "Aryan script".

In 1941 it was suddenly banned, as the Nazi government now claimed it was a "Jewish script". After World War II Sütterlin was again used in some schools until the 1970s.

The Sütterlin lower-case 'e' resembles two slanted bars, in which the origin of the Umlaut from a small 'e' written above the modified vowel can be seen.

Sütterlin contrasts with Fraktur, the German print script which was used during the same time.

It also had the long s, as well as several standard ligatures such as ff, ſt, st, and of course ß.

For most people outside of Germany, as well as younger Germans, Sütterlin is nearly illegible. Sütterlin letters are still sometimes used for mathematical symbols which would use Fraktur letters in print.

"Dies ist ein Text in Sütterlin. Zu beachten sind das normale s und das s am Schluß eines Wortes."

This is a text in Sütterlin. Pay attention to the normal s and the s at the end of a word.

Note the form of the "u" without Umlaut.