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The fuck?[edit]

A font used by the Nazis is on-mission, somehow? SophieWilder 18:04, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Well, we do have Papyrus (font). Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 18:06, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

To teach oneself to read Fraktur.

1) A basic knowledge of German is desirable.

2) An old English to 'German in Fraktur' dictionary.

3) A modern bilingual dictionary.

Look up 'sufficiently non-modern' words you know in 3 and see what they look like in 2. Eventually you will be able to decipher Fraktur (including the ones that look like each other). (talk) 16:08, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

I know this is not 'WikiHow' - but 'category of vaguely useful talk-page additions.' :) (talk) 16:24, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

A "Nazi font"... really?[edit]

I know this is a (somewhat) light hearted and (de rigueur) snarky Wikiy, but ,apart from the user(s) who wrote this, is there a general association between Nazism or Nazi aesthetics and this font? I may just be suffering from some cultural dissonance, but I've seen this font or something very similar used for newspaper mastheads to indicate tradition/conservatism/seriousness. Note for instance the masthead used by this local Danish newspaper:

ScepticWombat (talk) 14:15, 7 November 2014 (UTC)
Because it's the "German" font it's become shorthand for Germany in films set in WWII and hence associated with the Nazis. That's as far as it goes. It's not "the Nazi" font in any real sense. Doxys Midnight Runner (talk) 15:05, 7 November 2014 (UTC)
IMO this article needs to be snarked up to be worth keeping. As DMR rightly says, Fraktur is merely one of the traditional German fonts. It's still used to a small extent today, for example in ye olde worlde signs; it's old-fashioned, but not in any way Nazi. Even SS typewriters, with the double-lightning-flash Siegrune key (Shift-5), didn't use Fraktur. It's just a Hollywood stereotype for WWII Germany. ProblemChimp (talk) 23:05, 12 December 2014 (UTC)