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    British biblical scholar Hugh Schonfield (1901-88) endeavored to create a type for a nation without an independent home (at the time): the Hebrew nation. Playing off German modernists who called for a "New Typography," Schonfield promoted his "New Hebrew Typography."

    For this campaign, he regularized and Romanized the forms of the Hebrew letters. The contrast between horizontal thicks and vertical thins that characterized Hebrew writing for millennia, for example, was inverted into horizontal thins and vertical thicks, matching the typical treatment of the Latin letter in European types.

    Like the modernists, Schonfield advocated reform for the sake of rationalization and contemporaneity—but he also seemed to argue in his designs that revising Hebrew letters into the forms that gentiles can recognize as familiar and comfortable might ease the assimilation of a Jewish minority in Europe. Schonfield's quirky reforms found few adopters, though.

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