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Memo history

Malmberg Publishers

Malmberg Publishers asked Roquefort to design the covers for their new history teaching method books. This method emphasizes ‘historical thinking’ and takes children on a journey along the general timeline of history, discovering the origins of historical narratives and teaching kids to take a critical stance.

For the covers, we decided to use iconic, historical images. On the back of the cover you will find information about the context in which this image was taken. Why does this image exemplify this specific historical period? How did people respond to the image when it was made? How has our view on and reading of the image changed over time?


The front covers of the books for havo and vwo students show iconic images of people who represent a certain time period or historical event. The images won’t let themselves be confined by the borders of the Memo logo. The back cover shows the same person, only years later.


A young sailor embraces a dental assistant for a kiss on the last day of the Second World War. The man holding the image claims to be the sailor in the photo.


Eighty-nine-year-old Marina Ginestà worked as translator during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). She was 17 when this picture was taken, and although she’s posing with a rifle, she never actively fought in combat.


Those hailed as heroes by one regime could be seen as bad guys by the next. The books created for senior vmbo students show two fallen statues; one of Hitler and one of Lenin.


Russian writer and soldier Yevgeny Dolmatovsky holding a bust of Hitler, which he found in Berlin on May 2, 1945.


A statue of Lenin is torn down and taken away in Vilnius, Lithuania. This event symbolizes the end of the Soviet Union (1991).