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Germano Facetti: A Nazi labour camp survivor who revolutionised British book design

10 September 2019 6:30 pm


Germano Facetti’s diary cover, written while interned in Mauthausen concentration camp, 1945 (Istoreto, Turin)

Italian Cultural Institute, London

The Italian Cultural Institute celebrates Germano Facetti: a Nazi labour camp survivor who changed the face of publishing in Britain.

Presented by Chiara Barbieri, the event opens with a screening of the documentary The Yellow Box: Short History of Hate (running time: 27 mins) directed by Anthony West. In this, Facetti recalls his experience as a prisoner of the Nazis, commenting on drawings, pictures and documents he made and collected at Mauthausen concentration camp.

Following the screening, guest speakers Rick Poynor (University of Reading) and Phil Baines (Central Saint Martin) present Facetti’s contributions to British design, publishing and visual culture with a focus on his work as Art Director at Penguin Books in the 1960s.



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