Kurrent Script

Whoever wishes to read old German documents faces the problem of Kurrent script. Before the introduction of the mechanical typewriter in late 19th century, administrative, legal, business and even private documents were exclusively handwritten. This was true until recent decades, when the personal computer effectively put an end to handwriting. Today, when speaking of script we usually mean “typescript.” Whoever wishes to decipher and read German handwritten administrative acts, certificates, wills and private letters needs to learn Kurrent script. The difficulty is so great because German handwriting developed a different style from the Latin scripts used in most countries of Western Europe.
The Kurrent script was taught in German schools until 1941 and even later on as a kind of calligraphy. Ludwig Sütterlin (1865–1917) conducted the last reform of this script, after which all different kinds of Kurrent script are often referred to as “Sütterlinschrift.” The ornate Kurrent scripts of the 18th and 17th centuries present even greater difficulties for the untrained eye.
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