On the weekend just past (well on the Thursday before it) I started reading a book I have meant to read for a while now. It is not my usual process not to read the book before designing a jacket for it, but sometimes on a tight deadline it is just the way it has to be. I had the pleasure of spending the day with Hetty a few months ago and am amazed at how the human spirit enables us to recover or reassemble our lives after such hardship. Having been to Sachsenhausen and throughout Germany I know it can seem that the stories of World War Two are told much more often than the atrocities experienced by other peoples. That is perhaps a fair statement, BUT this story is incredible and I urge you all to read it, although take my advice, it does not cure insomnia, it is best read in broad daylight as most of the book will leave you teary and speechless. For those of you who have read Anne Frank this is indeed a similar viewpoint, but as it is told in retrospect you can be asurred of at least a somewhat happy ending as well as details on the daily life that was endured in concentration camps throughout Europe.
This is what the publisher’s at Fremantle Press had to say about the book Hetty;
This is one of the remarkable, largely untold, stories of the Holocaust, a story of hope. It is a heartwarming tale that traces the extraordinary struggle and survival of a family through those terrible years.
Hetty was just twelve years old in 1943 when her family was torn apart following the German invasion of the Netherlands.
Rounded up by the Nazis and then separated from their parents, Hetty and her brothers were sent to the Children’s House, within Belsen concentration camp. Hetty became the ‘Little Mother’ of the camp, helping to care for the other children.
The Australian said the adult version of this book was a “powerful and chilling account” of the holocaust. The Australian Book Review called it “profoundly moving” and an “uplifting story”.
Here is the jacket that I designed for Hetty. Below this you will find the process of creating this jacket
To design this cover I was given the top left passport-sized photograph and that is it. Considering the picture was taken before Hetty’s imprisonment I think we are lucky to have even that. The following are the components I made to create the cover.